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What Makes The Wat Pho Temple A Must Visit Site When You Are In Bangkok?

One of the most favorite international destinations of every Indian is definitely Bangkok. Situated right next to India, this lies to be one such prominent option that suits our pockets and fits our cravings at the same time. Thailand tourism is undoubtedly on the rise owing to maximum number Bangkok has become the most thriving travel destination since a decade now.

Bangkok became the number one spot as the 2013’s most popular tourist destination, beating London. Bangkok is also ranked as the second most photographed location on Instagram. Overall Bangkok has reached the apex being the most oft-visited destination for travel-lovers all over the world, not only because of the spicy Thai food, massage parlors or big shopping malls but also for the temples that bear the serene heritage of Buddhist culture in Thailand.

Thailand being an avid Buddhist country, temples play a very important role in the everyday life. Buddhism was supposedly introduced to Thailand approximately 2,200 years ago by Indian Emperor Ashoka the Great who sent a few monks to Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, majority of Thai population is Buddhist.

Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the most attractive of the Buddhist temples in Thailand. Officially named as Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkhalaram , this temple is situated near the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok and was founded in 1782. Let us see what makes this temple a must visit place for every tourist in Bangkok.

  1. Oldest and Largest of all temples in Bangkok:

The Wat Pho temple complex is the largest in Bangkok containing more than 1,000 Buddha images. The Wat Pho was founded in 1782 by the order of King Rama I. The heritage and the grandeur of this temple attract a lot of tourists every year.

2. The 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha :

The main attraction of this temple is the 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha image named Phra Phuttha Saiyat built in the reign of King Rama II in 1832. The image is usually referred to as the ‘Lying Budhha’ or ‘Sleeping Buddha’ but it actually shows the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana.

3.The soles of Buddha’s feet:

The soles of Buddha’s feet are inlaid with Mother of pearl in 108 segments, showing 108 lakshanas of Budhha in detail. They are about 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long.

4.Bodhi Tree:

The temple complex consists a small garden adjacent to the image of the Reclining Buddha that contains a Bodhi Tree that is descendant of the Bodhi Tree of Bodhgaya in India.

5.Birthplace of Thai Massage:

The Wat Pho temple is a center for knowledge and traditional art. It is also the birthplace of the famous Thai massage. The massage courses here are open to anyone.

6.The Ubosot housing the Principal Buddha image:

The Ubosot or the ordination hall houses the principal Buddha image of Wat pho that is named Phra Budhha Deva Patimakorn, displaying the magnificent Buddha in the meditation posture. The image is seated on a pedestal under which the ashes of King Rama I are buried. The Ubosot is also decorated with innumerable number of murals depicting Buddha’s life stories.

How To Reach?

Metered taxis are available to get there. You can also get there by Chao Phraya express river boat.

The temple complex is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm daily with a lunch break from 12 noon to 1 pm. Entry fee for per person is 100 Thai Bhat.

So next time you visit Bangkok, don’t forget to keep the Wat Pho temple in your checklist.

All You Need to know About The Mecca of Awards, IIFA Awards 2018

Delhi experienced a starstruck evening on Thursday, 17th May, at Hyatt Regency where the Press Conference of IIFA Awards 2018 was held. With a host of IIFA dignitaries, luminaries from the sponsors and Several popular stars from the Bollywood family, the Press Conference witnessed the declaration of all the dazzling star-studded IIFA Awards 2018 that is going to be held in the month of June. This time IIFA has chosen The Land of Smiles that is Thailand as its destination. A Thrilling weekend is awaiting at Bangkok, Siam Niramit, Theatre wherein the stars would be joining to celebrate the thrilling IIFA fever.

What’s in Store For You at IIFA Awards 2018?

IIFA Awards 2018 would witness the hosting of Ayushman Khurrana & Sonu ki Titu ki Sweety fame Kartik Aaryan.

It would also witness the co-hosting of Karan Johar and Ritesh Deshmukh.

In the list of breathtaking performances, one can look up to the thrilling foot taps of Ranbir Kapoor while the other list of performances would soon be revealed.

IIFA Awards 2018 with a Cause

IIFA has always stood up for a cause and this time they have partnered with Woosh The Washing Expert for the cause #BarabariGharseshuru that implies equal participation of men and women in domestic chores.

Say No To Plastic with IIFA and UNE

IIFA 2018 has also collaborated with the United Nations Environment, where Diya Mirza stands out to be the brand ambassador for the theme of World Environment Day 2018, ” Beat Plastic Pollution”.

As a gesture of this collaboration, Diya Mirza, on behalf of the UNE gifted steel bottles to the celebrities at the press Conference, voicing the opinion that saying No to plastic should begin from saying No to plastic Bottles first.

IIFA in The Grounds of Thailand for the Second Time

Moreover, Mr. Stapnaseth Isra, who stands out to be the director of the Tourism Department of Thailand, told how iifa’s stepping into Thailand for the second time would add to the country’s tourism brilliance.

Undoubtedly it would serve as a platform to reflect the state’s vibrancy in terms of food, culture and definitely heritage.

Celebrities about IIFA Awards 2018

Bollywood family also expressed their sentiments about the IIfa Awards, 2018. Kartik Aaryan seemed to be super excited of something as colossal as IIFA, where he is going to be the host.

On the other hand, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are looking forward to attend the IIFA in Bangkok for the second time and really enthusiastic about the chain of events that’s going to follow.

Ranbir had won his first IIFA as a debutant actor at Bangkok and hence the destination had really been lucky for him.

Karan Johar expressed how he has been strongly attached to iifa since its very birth in London. His father, Mr. Yeah Johar and himself had been part of the advisory board of IIFA. He also congratulated Wizcraft International for such a brilliant organisation & execution of IIFA all these years.

Dates & Venue of IIFA Awards 2018

IIFA Awards 2018 has also partnered with OSIAN’s Auction to conduct a royal exhibition on Indian Cinema at Marriott Marquis Bangkok, from 21-st to the 23’rd of June.

While IIFA Rocks, Green Carpet and IIFA Rocks, would be held On 22’nd of June, on 24th June, Siam Niramit is going to witness the colossal, the prestigious and the royal IIFA Awards, 2018. We are also in eager anticipation about the style statements of Bollywood family as IIFA 2018, is being styled by the connoisseurs of fashion, Myntra.

The IIFA Fever has begun already and we really can’t keep calm about it.