There are several magnificent temples in Bangkok, the two most unique ones are Wat Traimit and Wat Pho. Cohort 12 will be touring both visiting both temples in June 2015 during their visit to Bangkok.
Wat Traimit- The temple of Golden Buddha:
Located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road, Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest massive gold seated Buddha measuring nearly five meters in height and weighing five and a half tons. In the past, artisans crafted the Buddha’s in gold and disguised them from invading armies by a covering of stucco and plaster.
The Buddha at Wat Traimit was discovered by accident when it was accidentally dropped as it was being moved, revealing, under a casing of plaster, a beautiful solid gold Sukhothai style Buddha. Pieces of the plaster are still kept on display.
Wat Pho in Bangkok- The temple Of Reclining Buddha:
It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 50 ft. tall, and 150 ft. long and is covered in gold leaf. The Buddha’s feet are 16 ft. long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious characteristics of Buddha.
It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage since Wat Pho is considered the leading school of massage in Thailand.
You’ll need to take your shoes off to enter. As this is a revered image, all visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee, and it really is worth taking a look round the rest of the temple.
Wat Pho was the first public university in Thailand, specializing in religion, science and literature. It is now more well-known as a center for traditional massage and medicine.