Temple of the Reclining Buddha
January 24th, 2021
After yesterday’s virtual visit at the Grand Palace of Thailand, today we’re at Wat Phra Chetuphon and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. These sites are located within walking distance of each other in Bangkok Old Town. Wat Phra Chetuphon traces back to the late 1600s, while the Reclining Buddha was created in the 1830s.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha holds an enormous figure reclined against one arm, extending 150 feet/46 meters in length and covered in gold leaf.
The feet of the Buddha are flexed and bare, each sole holding 108 auspicious designs made of inlaid mother of pearl. Each toe has a repeated spiral pattern like a fingerprint.
Just past the Reclining Buddha, 108 bronze bowls extend in a line. You can take a cup of coins and drop one in each bowl for good fortune.
Much like the Grand Palace of Thailand, the grounds of this complex are filled with guardian figures and ornate chedis, many of them in a long line leading around the cloister.
Tomorrow we’ll visit Chatuchak market and have a look at Bangkok’s ubiquitous street food.
See you then,
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.