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Wat Pho and a lesson in blessings

Gary, our host, took Leslie and I to Wat Pho. Miss Peg came along, braving the fierce heat. Together, that day, they taught us to ride the sky train, find the water boats and in general, navigate Bangkok waterways.

It was a really, really fun day. The kind you hold in your heart always.

Wat Pho is Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple. It is Thailand’s foremost center for public education. It also houses the Reclining Buddha. I was stunned by how beautiful it was. This was our first glimpse as we approached Wat Pho from the Chao Phraya river.


I liked this Buddha walkway.


I thought the roofline was lovely. If it sparkles or has gilding, I LOVE it.


This is a picture of Second Sunrise. First sunrise is when the sun comes up. Second sunrise is when the sun reflects on the Wat.


I was struck by how pretty this doorway was.


I walked in and realized that people were kneeling in worship. It was quiet and reverent.


I walked down this shady hallway.


I found this Goddess.


This is a chedi – a burial mound of a holy monk.


Here is a look at the ceramic detail


There were mythical beasties in the bushes


These are the Hermits of Healing Massage. Wat Pho has taught the art of healing massage for centuries.


This is Marco Polo – Only farangs have facial hair.



The whole time we were walking around I kept hearing a tinny tapping sound. It sounded like Elves hammering. “What is that noise?” I asked Miss Peg. She led us to one of my best experiences, ever.

We entered the Chapel of the Reclining Buddha. It was stunning


We walked down the length of the Buddha. Past the feet was a place where we could purchase offerings.


The entire back wall was filled with Monk Bowls. We slowly walked by and dropped a coin in each bowl, counting our blessings. There were easily a hundred bowls and I thought of a blessing I’ve received for every bowl. I ran out of coins and still had millions of things to be thankful for.



We did a lot more that day – went to Wat Arun and rode a longboat around the largest klong in Bangkok – like the Grand Canal in Venice. I’ll post those pictures soon. Right now I feel like counting my blessings.
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