The giant Buddha

by Jennifer Patience August. 12, 2007 2472 views

Outside some of the temples and sights in Bangkok, it is well known to encounter some scammers that will tell you that the “museum is closed” or “there is a special ceremony taking place so you can't enter” and then they will offer to take you to other sites using their or their friend's tuk-tuk. There are even signs up at the entrances telling you to “beware of wily strangers”.
On the morning I visited Wat Pho there were a couple of men waiting to (separately) convince me that, firstly it was closed because the King was inside partaking in a special Buddhist ceremony and secondly that it was closed for cleaning until 1pm. All this despite that I could see an entrance gate down the side road with tourists coming in and out.

Wat Pho is one of the oldest wats in Bangkok and it is famous for, among other things, having the longest reclining Buddha (maybe in the world). It measures in at 46m long and 15m high. It is sculpted to represent the passing of Buddha into nirvana and it is stunning.
While it is difficult to see it in all its entirety, as the support columns are very close to the figure, it made for interesting viewpoints as you walked the length of the Buddha to see him looking down on you through the pillars.

Nikon D70s 15/8/2007

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Camille 13 years, 7 months ago

magnifiscient !

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K C Ng 13 years, 10 months ago

Great capture:))

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Zajä…C 13 years, 10 months ago

good eye.

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Bhim 13 years, 11 months ago

great capture. wonderful composition n details

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Jennifer Patience 13 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for your nice comments

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Alessandro Gho 13 years, 11 months ago

Very nice photo

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David Cardona 13 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful! A great composition! Thanks for sharing!

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