Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Located only a few dozen meters from the Grand Palais, Wat Pho is certainly my favorite temple. The tourist attendance is much lower compared to its illustrious neighbour. 

One feels at ease there and quickly experiences a feeling of tranquility that does not exist in my humble opinion at the Grand Palais. The architecture of the Grand Palais is certainly of all splendour, but here at Wat Pho, after visiting The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, you quickly want to sit in a shaded, green, quiet corner and contemplate all these spectacular buildings with their magnificent ceramics. Even as an atheist, you can feel something very positive in this very special place. 

At the Grand Palais, there is Thailand's most revered statue, which is only 76 cm high, while here at Wat Pho, you can contemplate and admire the great Buddha lying down, whose dimensions are clearly different, 46 metres long and 15 metres high. Two completely opposite images.... 

It is also at this place of the whole temple, that the tourist affluence is the strongest....

This Buddha is so great that the chapel was built around him... after the statue was finished.

Admittedly, this reclining Buddha attracts many people, but the influx has nothing to do with the unspeakable rush of the Grand Palais.

As soon as you leave the temple at the Bedded Buddha, the visit of the temple and its slender sheds is a real treat, a very peaceful, relaxing walk, incomparable with the Grand Palais.

In the vicinity of the temple, taxis and other "tuk-tuk" come to drop off visitors.
There are also many small businesses. Street vendors, grocery stores, souvenir sellers, small restaurants or cafés....
But as soon as the gate is crossed, the visitor is in front of magnificent buildings covered with softly coloured ceramic tiles.
It is true that with its 15 meters in height, this statue imposes... it is the least we can say
This immense Buddha built in cement, is entirely covered with very fine gold leaves...
It often happens to meet university students in the middle of their work.... 
If you are lucky enough to be on site in the late afternoon, the orange colours of the sun
give these buildings even softer tones.
10/04/2016