Reclining Buddha

Built in 1845, this Thai Buddhist temple has one of the largest Reclining Buddha statues in the worl. Spectacular to behold, the statue is completely gold plated and measures 33 metres in length. You will also find magnificently crafted statues of Devas and other mystical creatures on temple grounds.

A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha lying down and is a major iconographic and statuary pattern of Buddhism. It represents the historical Buddha during his last illness, about to enter the parinirvana[citation needed]. He is lying on the right flank, his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.

This pattern seems to have emerged at the same time as other representations of the Buddha in the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.

 

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