Wat Pho - Wat Phra Chetuphon
Wat Pho - Wat Phra
Wat Phra Chetuphon’s or Wat Pho’s claim to
fame is mainly due to its sacred resident,
the humungous statue of the Reclining
Buddha. An unbelievable twenty acres in
size, the Wat Pho is Bangkok’s largest Wat.
It is also the city’s oldest since it was
built approximately two hundred years before
the capital of Thailand was Bangkok.
Unfortunately, today’s Wat looks nothing
like the original one. This is because it
was rebuilt entirely by Rama I after the
country’s capital was transferred to
Bangkok. The Wat Pho is famous not only for
housing the largest reclining image of
Buddha in the country but also for having
the largest collection of Buddha images
Over forty meters long and fifteen meters
high, the Wat Pho’s reclining image of
Buddha is gold plated and meant to showcase
the passing into Nirvana by the Buddha.
Mother-of-Pearl adorns the eyes and feet.
One hundred and eight auspicious true Buddha
characteristics are shown on its feet.
The Wat Pho’s extensive grounds houses over
a thousand images of Buddha in all, a large
of this collection came from the
ruins of Thailand’s former capitals of
Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.
The Chetuphon road
divides the grounds in two. The side on the
north is usually the one most visited
people, and it has a temple hall or bot
bordered by almost four hundred bronze
images of Buddha. Outside the hall are over
a hundred fifty slabs of marble illustrating
the 2nd half of the Ramakian epic tale.