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Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok, The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok, Page 7,  Single based Chedi, Sala Rai
Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok, Page 7,  Single based Chedi, Sala Rai

Phra Maha Stupa or Phra Prang,( Picture on the left )there are 4 pagodas at the corners of outer-side of the chapel yard. This kind of pagoda is specially termed Phra Agghiya Chedi.

Each is tiled with marble, with 4 Khmer-style statues, tin gilded with gold leaves and decorated with glass inlay, of the so-called Catulokapala – the Guardian Divinities of the Four Cardinal Points - on its 4 corners.


The stupa on the northeastern corner is called Phra Buddha Manggala Kayabandhana Mahastupa, the southeastern Phra Buddha Dhammacak Pavattanapaduka Maha Stupa, the southwestern Phra Buddha Vinaiyapitaka Sucigkara Maha Stupa, the north-western one Phra Buddha Abhidhamma Dharavasi Parikkhara Maha Stupa. Item 4 on the layout plan

Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok, Page 8, The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha

The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas ( Viharn Phranorn ), the building is constructed for containing the important Buddha image, the Reclining Buddha. King Rama III told his nobleman, Krom Muen Pumintarapakdi ( Prince Laddawan ), the head of department of the Ten Crafts as a construction team leader. After having moulded the image of the Reclining Buddha, the team continued with the hall.The image was made of stuccoed bricks gilded with gold leaves. This statue is 46 metres long, with the dimensions at the face of 15 metres high and at each foot of 3 metres high and 5 metres long. Housed in the Temple above left , item number 14 on the layout plan.

Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok, Page 9,  Contorted Hermit Mount  and the Phra Mondob, Scripture Hall
Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok,Page 4, Layout of the grounds