The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Another of the interesting sites that we visited in Bangkok was called Wat Pho and its another beautiful temple on large grounds. It was pissing rain when we went so there aren’t many pictures of the exterior. Its also the place where I warned Sharon to be more respectful of religious icons otherwise there would be Zen repercussions.  Wat Pho has a few great features, the most interesting being a huge reclining golden Buddha about 46m long and 15m high. Just in case you were wondering, touring in this part of the world consists of a lot of temples and religious icons. If that’s not your cup of tea, don’t read any further.

Wat Pho is also home to a medical school that invented Thai massage, a wonderful form of massage where they essentially do seated yoga and a Thai (preferably light unless you like being squash like a bug) lady walks on your bank to remove the knots. Heavenly and I miss them all ready. Wat Pho is also the 1st and oldest university in Thailand.

Each temple has its thing. Some will house a relic like a tooth or bone of Buddha (interestingly the Christians also do this, except it’s typically a piece of Jesus or a saint. Its a small religious world). Others have a specific rituals that confers good <insert something that you followers want or need here>. This temple was also a ritual temple. Along the side of the temple are a long line of bowls. You purchased a number of small coins and walked along the bowels being mindful while you did.

Sharon was keen to try this. Since I was dripping wet, I declined but did manage to annoy Sharon by taking pictures of her while she was doing it. I wanted to capture her being mindful since it happens so rarely.

A gallery of images including a 6-shot panorama where I expertly captured the heads of two gentleman walking by Buddha’s feet are on the web site.

What’s a panorama you say? With digital cameras you can take a series of pictures and connect them together to make an even larger picture. I’m interested in this since I like taking really wide pictures with lots of detail. It used to be a pain in the ass to do it but then along came Autopano Pro. Try it out, buy it and Panoramize your life. It ranks as one of the most impressive pieces of software I’ve tried in a while.

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