Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wat Pho- Temple of the reclining buddha

We had been to Bangkok last year sometime when Avaneesh was 1 year old. Compared to now it was quite easy to go any place which is not kid friendly or has nothing to do with kids. Now we have to think and research if there is anything for kids before we go anywhere. Although I must admit he loves to see beautiful places and things. 

Coming back to the topic we went to the beautiful Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It features the largest single Buddha - the famous reclining Buddha - measuring more than 160 feet in length. 

The image of the reclining Buddha is made of stuccoed bricks and gilded with gold leaves. It is 46 meters long, 15 meters high at the head end and 3 meters at the feet end. The The 3 m high and 4.5 m long feet of Buddha's sole (in the last pic below) are inlaid with mother of pearl. They are crafted with 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha in Thai- Chinese art style.

The gorgeous wall mural is made with gold and ink in the Hall of the Reclining Buddha in the temple. The great wall mural is composed of a coordinated series of paintings illustrating the life stories.

       The intricate mural are some 200 year old and are made all through the top on a 100 feet tall wall. The doors and ceiling look stunning with beautiful patterns made in combination of either black & gold or red & gold.

Some features I attracted to and saw everywhere in the Wat Pho were beautiful metal bells, stone statues,Chinese guards, Foo dogs,  ballasts from ancient trading ships from China, Miniature gardens to name a few.

The roof and entrances are heavily decorated with carved images with multiple tiers.  Ornamented multiple tiers style of roof is reserved for roofs on temples, palaces and important public buildings. Two or three tiers are often used, but some royal temples have four.  Dynamic visual rhythms is created by layers of roof - smallest at top , larger in the middle and the largest at the bottom.

In the inner large ground of the temple were images of 1000 Buddha  from different temples which were ruined.We ventured in other parts of Vihara-  Chedis of four kings, Thai Massage school, Ordination Hall, Pang Nak Prok and some more.  

It was hot and humid on that day. We were exhausted by the end of visit. We had kept one day of our trip to the city to view only temples. There are around 400 Wats in Bangkok. We saw only a few. This was one of them. 
 Wat Pho was on our ' must visit' for long time. 

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Hsiao-Ting said...

Looks awesome! I was also there when I was in Bangkok :) I can't imagine how much harder it is to travel when you have a kid ... that's why I'm trying to travel as much as I can before the kids come along :p

jen said...

All the temples In Thailand are breathtaking, the amount of work that must have gone into Wat Pho is mad!

Camila said...

This looks like a cool place! I love those murals and to think they have so much history!

Jessi (Two Feet, One World) said...

Wow how beautiful! I can imagine travelling with children is SO much more work - good on you guys for getting out there. And so sweet that Avaneesh loves beautiful buildings too!

Purnima@a creative project said...

Thanks Jen, Camila, Jessi and Hsiao Ting!! Traveling with kid of his age gets a bit tough while travelling in hot climate like Thailand. but for older kids it should be ok.Murals are really beautiful.. the amount of time, skills and workmanship must be required for it is amazing..!!!