Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Photo February Day Twenty Two

Really Big Buddha, Bangkok, 2010

This is allegedly the biggest reclining Buddha in the world. This would belong somewhere in Queensland, but it's not made of plastic, nor is it sitting by the roadside east of some nondescript town. This golden boy, 46 metres long and 15 metres high, gilded, etched and peaceful, lies in this massive hangar-like structure in Wat Pho, Bangkok.

Visiting him is a must. Other than he's very photogenic, it gives an interesting insight into modern Thai life. You can also get a good, cheap Thai massage at the onsite massage school - though Thai massage is a form of torture for some, pleasure for others - depends if you like somebody trying to forcibly insert your foot in your ear.

For me, I just love this guy's eternally peaceful face. 

4 comments:

Elisabeth said...

The colour is pretty stunning, too, Pandora. All that gold. How do they keep it from tarnishing?

The Elephant's Child said...

Its a pretty good smile too.

Kath Lockett said...

Peaceful is the word isn't it and I say that even though he's enormous and totally gold...!

The Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Pand,

Been there and seen that!

:-)

It's amazing, isn't it?

:0)

Cheers

PM