Temple of the Reclining BuddhaThe Temple of the reclining Buddha
Wat Pho and
It is one of the biggest temple ensembles of the town and famous for its huge lying Buddha, which is 46 meters long and coated with sheet-glass. It is a ten minutes stroll between here and the Grand Palace, and we suggest you come to Wat Pho, because although the Buddha of Golden is just as loved here, many folks don't take the leisurely pace to hike through the remainder of the ensemble, so the adventure is usually much more so.
It is also a great place to get a Thai traditiona-tion. It is often regarded as the premier massages college in Thailand, so you are in really good hands there. As of December 2012 the entry fee to the temple is 100 Bahts and you can come and see it anytime between 08:00 and 17:00.
For most visitors of Wat Pho the lying Buddha is the highpoint. Buddha's legs are 5 meters long and beautifully adorned with mother-of-pearl images of the Buddha's favorable "Laksanas" (characteristics). It is a significant number that refers to the 108 beneficial acts and icons that have led Buddha to sophistication.
You must take off your boots to get in, and if you want some good fortune, we suggest you buy a tray of coin at the entry to the arena, which you can throw into the 108 metal trays that line the length of the partitions. Like I said, it's really interesting to visit the remainder of the temple.
Four bands with 394 gold plated Buddha pictures, long rows of gold sculptures from different parts of Thailand that sit in the Lotusstellung are recommended. In the inner yards of Wat Pho Temple there are some strange-looking sculptures from China, which were once used as ballast on boats, and 91 Chedi's (or stupas), which were adorned with ceramics and colorful beads.
Today it is better known as a center for classical massages and medicines. There is nothing better than a relaxed pedicure, neck and shoulders after a stroll around the temple. For those who have never tried a Thai tradition before, Wat Pho is a good place to be.
It is quite different from most other types of therapeutical massages and tends to be more stimulating than soothing, with yoga-style attitudes to reduce tension and increase circulatory wellbeing. It is a very beloved sport at Wat Pho Temple, so we suggest you reserve a place before the procedure, otherwise you may have to spend a long time waiting.