Bangkok, Thailand

He lays on his side, lounging on a couple of blue pillows, showing us a side of him that few people ever see. He is relaxed Buddha, and I like this side of him.

Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok. At 150 feet long and 49 feet high, the Reclining Buddha inside is Thailand’s largest Buddha figure. He was crafted to celebrate King Rama III’s restoration (1824 – 51), and is covered in gold leaf. His eyes and the bottom of his feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

The temple itself is said to contain more Buddhas than the Grand Palace. Aside from housing the massive Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. In 1962, a traditional medicine and massage school was also established there.

This guy is particularly difficult to photograph, mostly because of his size and the shape of the temple. Wat Pho is a rectangular building, so one cannot stand in front of the Buddha and get a clear shot. But I did my best, and had fun doing it!

*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.

k.h. 2004

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