Monday, July 6, 2015

3 DAYS IN THAILAND - Day 3, The Temples - Wat Arun and Wat Pho

Our River tour took by many temples and dropped us off for a tour of 3 of the most beautiful. This post deals with two of those temples.
On the north side of the river is Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. The porcelain on these buildings is white with flower motifs and beautiful. They say when the sun hits it at dawn it is one of the most beautiful sights in Thailand. 

The temple compound has many beautiful structures that over the last year or so have been cleaned and repaired. The main Temple structure itself was undergoing cleaning and you can see from the pictures how dark it is before cleaning. 

The grounds all around the temple were meticulously landscaped.

It was a beautiful place...

We said Goodbye to Wat Arun and took the boat down the river where it dropped us off a short walk away from Wat Pho.

Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn.

Everything around this temple was so ornate and so exquisite it is hard to describe. 

There were so many things to look at and to see, I just wanted to soak it all in.

I cannot even begin to describe how immense this Buddha is. 

The temple is one of the six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first class Royal temples. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46m  (151 Ft.) long Reclining Buddha. This temple is also the home of Thai Massage.

High up on the walls of the interior of the temple are very intricate paintings depicting Thai life. The paintings run the entire length of the walls.

To get a feel of the scale of this buddha sculpture, say the soles of the feet of the buddha are 3 meters high. That means the sole of each foot is almost 5 ft. wide. This is one big Buddha.

Although many of the buildings were inaccessible, they were beautiful to admire from a distance.

I have one more post of our last day in Thailand, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. I promise it won't disappoint. Come back soon.

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