Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po

Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po are two temples known for their statues of Buddha. The two temples are located in the Old City area of Bangkok, across the Chao Phraya River from Wat Arun.

Above, Wat Po has a 150-foot-long, reclining Buddha covered with gold. The feet are 10 feet long. A huge building houses the Buddha.

reclining buddha of Wat Po
reclining buddha of Wat Po

The large building below in the adjacent Wat Phra Kaew has an emerald Buddha. Photos inside aren’t permitted. The roof with three layers denotes royalty — the temple is adjacent to the royal palace. The roofs are decorated with golden nagas, a snake. Part of both Hindu and Buddhist folklore, nagas decorate roofs of temples of southern Thailand; we’d see nagas elsewhere on our trip.

Wat Phra Kaew and the emerald buddha
Wat Phra Kaew and the emerald buddha

Wat Phra Kaew has an extensive mural depicting the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian epic Ramayana. The 178 panels of the Ramakien show the struggle between good and evil.

scene from The Ramakien
scene from The Ramakien (click for enlargement)

I like this view of towers going on and on, seemingly forever.

row of towers at Wat Phra Kaew
towers at Wat Phra Kaew (click for enlargment)
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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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