More than 95% of the population of the Thailand are Buddhists and you will easily find Buddhist temples at every corner in this country.
These temples differ from those back here in Malaysia. Thus, you cannot go to Bangkok without not visiting the historical Wat Pho and Wat Arun (in the next post) which is located along the Chao Phraya River.
I have been to these beautiful temples 2 years ago. I did not mind visiting them again this time because Bangkok is indeed a beautiful city enriched with culture, history and food.
From this post, you will be able to embrace my amateur skills in photography.
The front view of Wat Pho
Wat Pho or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is one of the largest and oldest wat (buddhist temple) in Bangkok.
Pic by Kev – The Entrance of Wat Pho
This temple was built around 200 years before Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. The construction of Wat Pho in 1788 was a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam by King Rama III.
I took this shot in my previous trip here in Dec 2006
Wat Pho is also home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single reclining Buddha roughly 46 metres long and 15 metres high.
The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha was made to illustrate the passing of Buddha into nirvana.
Always a poser in front of the lens
The entrance to Wat Pho is on Chetuphon road. It is opened daily from 08.00am to 5.00pm with an entrance fee of 50Baht, and it is closed for lunch break from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.
Wat Pho has 95 stupas of various sizes. The four large stupas were built on separate occasions to commemorate the first four kings of the Chakri Dynasty.
Today, Wat Pho still stands majestically as a tourist attraction as well as a religious centre in the 21st century.
P.S. Email me if you want to find out how to enter Wat Pho for FREE!