- Dinner in the boad
Today I write about the second part of my trip. You can find the first part “The grand palace” in another post. There I describe our experiences at Wat Pho. Today we continue with the trip. But before continuing, we fortified ourselves with fresh fruit, which you can buy right there from the locals. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos because I was very hungry and I was already a bit exhausted from the trip so far. Therefore, the fruit was very important for me to get energy again.
So let’s go to Wat Pho! What is Wat Pho exactly? The exact name is actually Wat Phra Cheptuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan or the formerly common name Wat Photaram, but everyone just calls it Wat Pho. The name describes the royal temple with the large reclining Buddha statue south of the Grand Palace, so it is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. By the way, the entrance fee to Wat Pho is not included in the ticket price of the complex, so you have to pay it separately.
In the temple, you can take photos with the reclining Buddha. You will even find extra places to take photos so that your photo will be perfect. Unfortunately, you should take into account the waiting time, because the line in front of the Buddha can be very long. The Buddha is a very popular attraction. The Buddha is really gigantic and impressive. His feet alone have a height of 3m and a length of 4.5m. If you look closely, you will notice that his feet are studded with beads. You will find 108 auspicious panels right next to him with flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers, and altar accessories as well as 108 bronze bowls. They say that if you drop a coin in it, it will bring you luck, so of course, I tried my luck and dropped a coin in.
From Wat Pho, you can continue to Wat Arun or Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, which is located west of the Chao Phraya River. Do you wonder why the temple has this name? It comes from the goddess of dawn Aruna, so it is also called the Temple of Dawn. The place has a very special charm when the sun rises in the morning and the colors of the temple are reflected pearly. Unfortunately, when I visited the temple complex, it was already afternoon, so I could not witness this highlight, but even in the afternoon, the temple is definitely worth a visit. My guide told us a funny story about the god Hanoman, who can be seen as a statue together with a demon statue in the big palace. Hanoman is characterized by high intelligence and cleverness. He also has a lot of strength and is able to lift pagodas similar to the demons. While the face of a demon is distorted with pain, Hanoman looks peaceful because, unlike the demon, he has the power to lift pagodas. Impressive, isn’t it? Please remember, if you want to visit the temple, to dress appropriately out of respect for the locals and the gods.
By the way, you can easily reach Wat Arun temple by crossing two ponds from Wat Pho and queuing directly to the entrance. So don’t worry, the temple complex is really big, but you can’t get lost on the way there.
After our visit to Wat Pho and Wat Arun, we decided to go to the pier, meet with our friends, walk along the river, and did a boat trip on the Princess Cruise on the Chao Phraya. There we booked the delicious and rich dinner buffet and enjoyed ourselves. We marveled at the golden hue of Wat Arun sparkling in our eyes and had an incredible amount of fun on our last day of vacation, but I’d rather not tell you too much about that night, just this: it was pretty crazy and I got to know sides of myself that I didn’t even know existed.
The next day my friend and I returned to Jakarta and the funniest thing was that suddenly everyone on the boat seemed to know me from the last crazy night. I felt like an artist.