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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bangkok Day 2 - Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

On the second day, we decided to visit the temples and grand palace. We walked over to Siam shopping malls at around 9am and most of the shops were not open yet. As such, we walked back to MBK to have our breakfast/ brunch first before taking a cab to Wat Pho. 

We had ramen at this restaurant at MBK, seems like a fast-food Japanese ramen joint.

The fish cake has their logo "8" on it.

Entrance of Wat Pho

The admission ticket to Wat Pho cost 100 baht.  You can redemn a bottled water inside the temple with the ticket.

The reclining buddha measures 15 m high and 43 m long. 

Foot of Buddha are inlaid with mother-of-pearl - 108 auspicious symbols.
Some examples of symbols are flowers, dancers, elephants, tigers and altar accessories which Buddha can be identified.
There are 108 bronze bowls which represents the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha.  I guess dropping the coins in them will bring good fortune.

Stone giants at the entrance of a gate.

Prang (tall tower), found in the inner courtyard.

Tower decorated with ceramic tiles and three dimensional ceramic pieces which form intricate floral patterns.

After Wat Pho, we went to the Grand Palace .......

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