Wat Pho has a huge Buddha- the reclining Buddha.
Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho- massive
It’s fun to take someone visiting Bangkok to see the reclining Buddha and watch for their “oh damn, that is a big Buddha” look. The bottom of the feet are great- inlaid mother of pearl images.
Head of the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho is always swamped with tourists, but this is a must see. Try going at off peak hours- if you can stand the heat, visit in the late afternoon. Don’t miss the murals on the walls around the reclining Buddha, some cool paintings.
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.