Bangkok Temples

Statue in Wat Arun

Bangkok is home to several famous Buddhist temples. Although not very old, they are still extremely beautiful with very interesting architecture. The two temples we visited, Wat Arun and Wat Pho sit on opposite banks of the Chao Phraya river which runs through Bangkok.

Wat Arun from across the river

In order to get to War Arun, you must take a boat to the other side of the river. The river is dotted with boatmen for hire in addition to a ferry specifically designed to take tourists to Wat Arun.

Boats on the Chao Phraya river

The Wat Arun temple is made up almost entirely of mosaics. From far away you can’t tell but up close you can see that all the decorations are made of bits of pottery. 

Entrance to Wat Arun
Buddha figure at Wat Arun
Mosaic figures holding up the temple towers
Detail of Pottery Mosaic

The center tower of Wat Arun can be climbed for some great views of the temple and the river. You could also see the other temple, Wat Pho, on the other side of the river.

Wat Arun Temple in Background
View of Wat Pho from Wat Arun

After taking the ferry back across the river, we headed to Wat Pho. Wat Pho is famous for its giant Buddha and its massage school. The giant golden Buddha is housed in its own room and is a “Reclining Buddha.”

Reclining Buddha close up
Reclining Buddha’s feet

After a stop at the Massage school for a foot rub, we explored the rest of the temple. Its much larger than Wat Pho but with a similar look.  Sadly at this point my camera died so no more photos of the temple…

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