Sunday, August 28, 2011

The reclining Buddha – Wat Pho Temple

Near to the Royal Palace, at the Wat Pho temple complex is a 46m long and 15 m high statue of Buddha in an unusual reclining position: unusual in that most of the statues of Buddha you see, he is in the “Taking the Earth to Witness” position (left hand in lap, right hand touches ground) or the “Meditating” position (both hands in lap, palms up, right hand on top).

The reclining position represents the passing of the Buddha into nirvana.

This statue is huge & quite a sight. Even more amazing is the feet of the statue as they are engraved with mother-of-pearl decorations.

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