Wat Suthat, Wat Intharawihan & Wat Po

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Wat Suthat, Giant Swing Buddhist Temple

Here are photos of three of the temples I went to see Wat Suthat, Wat Intharawihan & Wat Po.  Bangkok has over 700 Buddhist temples, I saw about 8 of them.  These were the ones I picked out of the lot, they are all famous for something and most are in close approximation to the Kings Palace which affords them a little more grandeur than the local neighborhood temples throughout the city. Wat Suthat is known for the huge red swing outside.  The swing was used in ceremonies, but was taken down because of so many injuries.  The structure that held the swing is still there though.  When I visited this temple there was a service in progress.  I stood in the back for a while, but then I found a seat and joined in staying for the rest of the service.

Wat Po, Many stupas on the grounds
  Really beautiful temple. Wat Intharawihan has one of the more impressive Buddha images in it, er rather outside it.  It's huge and though it isn't detailed and made with as much skill as many of the other Buddhas, the sheer size of  it is really impressive.  Wat Po is the biggest temple I've ever been to, it just keeps going and going.  You walk around a corner and there is another football field sized area to tour.  There are a whole bunch of different buildings, housing all kinds of different relics.  I visited the Temple and the big reclining Buddha statue on these ground another day, but this day I saw a funeral service and walked through all the million (ok dozens) of stupas all over the grounds.

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Wat Suthat, Giant Swing Buddhist T…
Wat Suthat, Giant Swing Buddhist …
Wat Po, Many stupas on the grounds
Wat Po, Many stupas on the grounds
Wat Po, a beautiful golden doorway…
Wat Po, a beautiful golden doorwa…
Wat Po, a garden on the grounds
Wat Po, a garden on the grounds
Wat Po, Garden close-up
Wat Po, Garden close-up
Wat Po, yellow door
Wat Po, yellow door
Wat Intharawihan...The 32-meter (1…
Wat Intharawihan...The 32-meter (…
Just the feet for scale
Just the feet for scale
Wat Intharawihan at night
Wat Intharawihan at night
plaque at Wat Intharawihan
plaque at Wat Intharawihan
Inside the main temple hall
Inside the main temple hall
during a service
during a service
stayed for the better part of an h…
stayed for the better part of an …
I stood in the doorway for a while…
I stood in the doorway for a whil…
After the service has ended
After the service has ended
Wat Suthat, the Buddhas out on the…
Wat Suthat, the Buddhas out on th…
Wat Po, stupas outside at night
Wat Po, stupas outside at night
Wat Po - A funeral service
Wat Po - A funeral service