Bangkok // the reclining buddha

the reclining buddha is one of the most famous buddha images in Thailand. it is located inside of the Wat Pho temple complex, and included in the 100 baht [$3 US] admission fee. in fact, most people visit Wat Pho with the sole intention of viewing the reclining buddha.

the statue is HUGE [15 meters high and almost 50 meters long] and I had quite a difficult time getting a picture that would show you the entire statue but was not blocked by the many many tourists milling around us trying to do the same.

the statue is housed in a building that felt a little bit like a coffin to me. the tourists enter the door by the buddha's head and walk all the way around, getting a 360 view of the statue. there is not a lot of extra space, due to large crowds and plenty of shrines, donation buckets, and ornate decoration.

I tend to get a little claustrophobic when I am jammed into a busy and enclosed space, but I think it's definitely worth seeing if you are in the area. I mean, how often do you have the chance to see a golden statue nearly half a length of a football field?

fun fact: when you Google "reclining," the term "reclining buddha" comes up fifth after sofas, chairs, loveseats, and sectionals.

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