The religion of the majority in Thailand is Buddhism, with almost 95 percent of the local population following the faith. Thus, though all of the country’s religions are given prominence, visitors looking to explore Thailand’s rich culture will come across many sites associated with Buddhism. The stream of Buddhism that is followed in Thailand is commonly seen in the Far East, involving lavish beauty and elaborate design. This aesthetic finesse makes these sites a thrill to visit as there is much to see and admire. For an unforgettable experience visitors should check out the Wat Pho temple, home to a magnificent statue of a reclining Buddha.
The magnificent monastery encompasses an area spanning 20 acres, and though it is located in Bangkok, it predates the city. Built during the rule of King Rama I, the temple was renovated occasionally, most considerably during the rule of King Rama III. It was during these renovations that the 43 metre statue was built, along with the picturesque hall that it is housed in. The golden statue is one of the largest in the region, with the Buddha’s face measuring 15 metres and each foot 3 metres in height. The amount of detail and elaborate features that have gone into the structure and the surrounding walls is astounding, and will certainly please anyone with the privilege of seeing the site.
One of the best loved features of the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is the brilliantly designed feet. The soles of the statue’s feet are inlaid beautifully with mother-of–pearl, and show more than a hundred auspicious characteristics of the Buddha. There are murals across the surrounding walls too that provide a pleasant visual experience. With much elaborate design and rich colour the site is a wonderful place to visit, from where visitors can take back valuable memories. There is much more to see at Wat Pho, including several more statues and even a museum. It is sacred place of worship and visitors are advised to dress accordingly in respect of the religion.
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