Flaunting its awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent sculptures, the temples in Bangkok are a significant and unique element in Thai tradition and culture. Capturing the heart and soul of Thai Buddhists, these sacred temples are seen all over the capital.
Such a temple is Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. Held in high regard for its cultural significance and astounding beauty, it is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple.
Featuring the largest Buddha in Thailand, it is famed for its majestic ‘Reclining Buddha'. This gold plated sculpture is held as a highly impressive and revered entity by many. At 46 meters long and 15 meters high, this splendid statue is designed to represent one of the most iconic postures of Buddha. Achieving this perfect balance of peace and contentment, the statue is adorned with elaborately intricate structures and exquisitely fine illustrations. Containing mother of pearl engravings on the feet and eyes, also seen are 108 embellishments of auspicious characteristics on the feet of Buddha, which are said to portray His true self.
In addition to the Reclining Buddha, which is gilded in glaring gold, there are masterpieces of art in the inner columns and walls of the temple. Enthralling its visitors, these intricate murals portray epic tales of ancient times.
With a history that spans more than a century, engraved upon the walls of temple are fascinating stone inscriptions relating to the ancient art of Thai massage. Dating back to the reign of King Rama III, these inscriptions have recognized Wat Pho as the origin of traditional Thai massage. Preserving this ancient skill, Thai massages have remained as a distinct form of massage over the years. Compared to other mainstream forms of therapeutic and remedial massages, Thai massages are claimed to be more invigorating and stimulating than a simple form of relaxation. It encapsulates elements of yoga-centric positions, proving to be an outlet that relieves stress by improving blood circulation.
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