Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha holds an enormous image of Buddha reclined against one arm, extending 43 meters in length, with flexed feet. The soles of the feet hold 108 detailed designs made of inlaid mother of pearl. Each toe has a repeated spiral pattern like a fingerprint. It’s challenging to provide a sense of the scale of this Buddha when photographing so closely, but there are a few clues within some of the frames.

Just past the reclining Buddha, 108 bronze bowls extend in a line. You can take a cup of coins and drop a coin in each bowl for good fortune.

Much like Bangkok’s Grand Palace, the grounds of this temple are filled with ornate chedis and stone statues — almost as beautiful as the Reclining Buddha, and definitely worth exploring.

Wat Pho has a nice website, too. It’s not in English, but the intro and photographs give a good sense of the atmosphere within the temple. If you’re in Bangkok, I highly recommend seeing this site in person if you can.


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