Never thought I’d be mesmerized by a religious structure.
There are over 400 temples (temples is Wat in Thai) all around Bangkok and 40,000 disseminated in the country. One of the most popular in Bangkok is the Grand Palace which blazes a royal gold color when you’re outside the temple. However, while browsing through tourist-friendly temples, I stumbled upon Wat Pho which houses the reclining buddha. Oh, not a big deal. Just your ordinary buddha only this time he’s like posing for some sort of magazine, resting his head on his hands. Not a big deal cause he’s just 15 meters tall and 46 meters long. NO. BIG. DEAL.
What draw me to visit this palace though was the story behind the reclining buddha. A reclining buddha signifies him about to enter parinirvana during his last illness.
To get there, we had to ride a boat for about 20 minutes which costed us THB40 for one way. Upon getting off the boat, we were greeted by a lot of mini stalls selling prints, mini reclining buddhas, and other Thailand goodies. I had to stop myself from buying unnecessary things because I’ve learned my lesson – my family and friends don’t use these little trinkets. I was scolded here too, because I was taking a photograph of the beautiful Thailand photos, I should’ve known better.
Entrance fee to Wat Pho is THB100 inclusive of a bottled water and rental of cloak for the women. For someone like me who isn’t a huge fan of old heritage and the like, Wat Pho was still something unforgettable in our trip to Bangkok for me. I like the feeling these enormous infrastructures give off – that me and my petty problems are just dusts of the world and we won’t go crumbling down when things don’t go our way. Stand tall like the buildings and do not be fazed of worldly challenges. Click To Tweet
Before going back to our hotel, we ate at this street food stall that sold “Thai Pancakes”, in Filipino words: crepe, and they were simply delicious! The vendor even stopped for a moment before making our Thai Pancakes because he saw I was filming/vlogging how he made them. So sweet!
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Wat Pho, you only need to hop on a BTS station and get off of at Saphan Taksin station and just take the exit where the people are going. Haha. Then ride the ferry going towards north/to the right. Ferry fare is THB40 for one way and you’ll just have to pay another THB40 when going back to BTS Saphan Taksin station.
Do not take the boat that costs THB100-200 per person because there’s the cheaper government-run alternative just beside that stall. We were almost fooled into not pushing through our trip because it was too expensive, we were down to our last day and some of our group do not have enough pocket money anymore.
Overall I’m utterly happy we visited this place. This made me want to visit more Buddhist temples in different countries because the intricate details of these were so meticulously done I’m getting ashamed, haha. Although we missed the other temples around Bangkok (i.e., Grand Palace, Wat Arun), I think the beauty of Wat Pho made up greatly for it. The temple was enormous filled with tourists but because it was large enough, you could still see the beauty of the structures alone and just enjoy staring at them for a couple of minutes.
It was also in Wat Pho that I experienced for the first time bowing down to a monk, I was so proud because I knew the proper way to bow to them which I saw online.
All photos taken by me and shots of me were taken by my colleagues. :-)
To making more memories,