Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Phra Noon without orange robe.

Phra Noon without orange robe.

Near the centre of the Ayutthaya historic district, but far enough away that we boarded our bus to get to it, lies the reclining Buddha. In anglicized Thai: Phra Noon, at Wat Lokayasutharam.

He is 37 meters long and 8 meters high and I posted a coloured version a few posts back for the ‘scale‘ photo challenge.

A closer look at the head of the Buddha.

A closer look at the head of the Buddha.

Around the Reclining Buddha was a terrace with the remains of a number of structures, but without a guide or guidebook it was hard to tell what we were looking at. One main structure stood behind the buddha.

Wat Lokayasutharam

Wat Lokayasutharam

And in front of the grass where people were making offerings and lighting incense was a tree with other gifts to the Buddha.

Offerings to Phra Noon.

Offerings to Phra Noon.

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2 comments on “Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya, Thailand

  1. He’s so much more slender than the chubby Buddha we always see represented in the West…

  2. BuntyMcC says:

    Good question WoB. That smiling roly-poly image is definitely NOT the one seen in Thailand or China. I wonder who appropriated it for the North American market…must look that up before a future Buddha post.

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