the reclining buddha

Warning: This is an overdue post.

Almost 2 years ago, my friends and I embarked on a journey we would never forget. It was the 1st time the three of us travelled together and out of the country. We basically went to Thailand and Cambodia. Many asked “Why Cambodia?” Our reply? “Why not?” hehehe. Actually we only went to Bangkok and crossed the borders of Thai-Cambodia in Poipet and then went to Siem Reap to check out the temples of Angkor Wat. If it were not for our friend, Donnie, Leah and I would have stayed in Seam Reap the whole time and forget about Bangkok. We immediately fell in love with Siem Reap and hopefully someday I can go back there.

Unluckily, the lens of the camera we brought with us got exposed to too much sun when we 1st arrived in the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia so there’s a lot of exposed pictures that needed my attention. I guess I only found the time to tweak and salvage what remains to be exposed images from our trip now. So here, I am sharing with you pictures of the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

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This is the closest image we could get to the buddha’s face since it was too hard to capture its full length face due to the reclining position of the buddha and the huge four-column pillar that blocks its face.

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As per wiki, “the Reclining Buddha is forty-six metres long and fifteen metres high, decorated with gold plating on his body and mother of pearl on his eyes and the soles of his feet.” We failed to notice the part about having pearls for its eyes and feet but this huge reclining buddha was basically shimmering in gold as can be seen on the pictures here.

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The back portion of the temple have these pots where you can drop coins on each pot like how play “sungka”. I failed to inquire what they are for but I think you have to drop each coin on each pot.


The back portion of the buddha’s head can be seen on your way out of the temple.


Leah and I taking turns having our pictures taken with the Reclining Buddha.

When you visit the Wat Pho temple, you are not allowed to wear mini skirts and sleeveless shirts. However, you don’t have to worry. The temple provides free scarves that you can wear inside the temple to cover yourself. You are also not allowed to wear any footwear. You have to leave it outside and walk inside the temple barefoot. On this trip, Leah was wearing a spaghetti dress, which explains the scarf/clothing wrapped on her shoulders. I already forgot if we paid any fees to enter the temple. hehehe


  1. doesn’t it feel life-changing to discover a new culture/country? nice photos! but did your friend get to keep the free scarf? 😛
    .-= fortuitous faery´s last blog ..Burn, Buffet, Burn =-.

    • exactly faery! going to Cambodia became an eye opener for me and made me realize that I am lucky to be in the Phils.

      as for the scarf, she didn’t get to keep it. we also forgot to think about stealing it. hahaha. thanks for dropping by! 😀

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