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Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, also known as Wat Pho, Wat Po or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

This Buddhist temple is probably the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok. It is believed to be the home of more Buddha statues than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand.



Wat Pho on Chetuphon Road, Bangkok, Thailand, was built as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with work beginning in 1788. It was restored again and extensively extended during the reign of King Rama III; Jessadabodindra Phra Nangklao Chao Yu Hua / Chetsadabodin Phra Nang Klao Chao Yu Hua (1824-51), and restored again in 1982.

The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha can be found; the largest Buddha image in Thailand, Phra Buddhasaiyas. Created as part of Rama III's restoration, the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, covered in many layers of gold leaf and decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The bottoms of the Buddha's feet are intricately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in the Chinese and Indian style.

The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.

Wat Pho is the largest and probably the oldest wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, supposed to be more than any other temple in Thailand.

Generally open daily 08.00 to 17.00

Entrance charge applies.


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First hoisted in 1885 in Sri Lanka, is a symbol of faith and peace used throughout the world to represent the Buddhist faith.

Buddhist Flag Picture - Buddhist Flag Colours - The Buddhist Flag Sri Lanka 1885

Buddhist Flag Meanings
Blue: Universal Compassion
Yellow: The Middle Path
Red: Blessings
White: Purity and Liberation
Orange: Wisdom


 

The Dharma Wheel

Spokes of the Dharmachakra - "The Dharma Wheel" Meaning - The Dharma Wheel Symbol - The Dharma Wheel Image - 8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga)

In Buddhism—according to the Pali Canon, Vinayapitaka, Khandhaka, Mahavagga, the number of spokes of the Dharmachakra represent various meanings:

8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga).
12 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination (Paticcasamuppada).
24 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination and the Twelve Laws of Dependent Termination (Paticcasamuppada).
31 spokes representing 31 realms of existence (11 realms of desire, 16 realms of form and 4 realms of formlessness).


Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct 13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching. Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise Nichiren Buddhism.
Nam - To devote one's life
Myoho - Myo is the mystic nature of life and Ho, its manifestation
Renge - "Lotus Flower"; which symolises the ballance of cause and effect
Kyo - Sutra, the voice or teachings of Buddha (The sound or vibration that connects everything in the ubiverse)


As the Buddha had never claimed to be a god, it is evident that he never prescribed the form of worship that was to be rendered to him. A legend, however, attributes to him the institution of this form of worship

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