Reclining Buddhas in Thailand

A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha during his last moments and entry into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations (the cycle of death and rebirth). He is lying on the right side with his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.

The statues are often huge, and there is something exciting about them. Here are three big reclining Buddhas I have visited and the name of the temples that house them.

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples in Thailand and was featured in world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016. The Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, making it the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand. The statue is covered in gold leaf with feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Wat Lokkayasutharam in Ayutthaya

Wat Lokkayasutharam is one of the many temple ruins of Ayutthaya. The 37 meters long and 8 meters high reclining Buddha made of bricks and cement is one impressive image you should not miss in this historic park. The reclining Buddha, which is known as Phra Budhasaiyart, is resting his head on a lotus flower. One cool thing about this statue is that it appears in the Street Fighter game series (Sagat’s stage).

Wat That Noi in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat That Noi in Nakhon Si Thammarat was the residence of Phor Than Klai, one of the most famous guru monks of his generation (1876-1970). The temple includes a wax reproduction of the monk as well as a big reclining Buddha – which I don’t have any information about. But when looking at Google Maps, using the measure distance tool, it seems to be around 40 meters long.

Have you seen a reclining Buddha on your travels in Thailand? Or any other Buddha statues worth mentioning? Let me know in the comments below.

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