Wat Pho is number 1 on the list of temples to visit
Bangkok is home to over 400 Buddhist temples. Wat Pho is perhaps the biggest, most beautiful, and most important from a historical perspective. With over 400 temples to choose from, this temple should be the first temple complex on your list to visit to Thailand. Wat Pho is close to Wat Arun and the Grand Palace, so for a great adventure, include all three and a boat trip in the Chao Phraya River in one day.
I took so many pictures here that I had to divide into two photo essays. In my first, I concentrated on the Buddhist images. There are over a 1,000 to choose from. The Reclining Buddha is the largest and most outstanding.
My second photo essay is concentrating on everything else. The beautiful spires, the temples as seen from the outside, and other likenesses not Buddha make up the rest.
As soon as you enter this enormous temple complex, your eyes are assaulted with overload. Each spire, each temple, each Buddha is brilliantly done in bright gold, ornate architecture latticed with marble and gold figurines, and obelisk and spires protruding right in your face. The mental stimuli is very similar to being in a U.S. national park like the Grand Canyon, Big Bend, or Zion and looking at an incredible scenic overlook.
I made a list of tips in my Buddhist images photo essay for visiting. Be sure to check that out.
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