The world's third largest reclining Buddha is BEAUTIFUL! The reclining Buddha measured 35 meters long, 15 meters tall, and 10 meters wide, was named Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon.
Halfway admiring the statue, I was stopped by two ladies. They ushered me to one side and asked for temple donations. I was reluctant at first because I was traveling on a tight budget. But, these two ladies were very persuasive and bombarded me with endless talk. At one point, I felt guilty for rejecting these ladies. So, I gave up and donated 200 THB. After that, they asked me to sit on a stool to get blessing from a Thai monk. I told them I am a humanist, an atheist and a nonbeliever. I pray to nobody. The ladies were saying loads of stuffs asking me repeatedly to sit. Again, I surrendered. The monk chanted some strange words and sprinkled 'holy water' on my head. After that, I was requested to make another donation for the blessing. I was shocked. I thought my initial 200 THB covered everything. I felt cheated and scammed. Fortunately, I did not encounter such 'harassment' in Bangkok's temples.
OK...enough about that. Later, I explore the reclining Buddha from head to toe. The statue look surreal - the facial hair, fingernails and the feet look amazing! The craftsmanship is PERFECT! At the back of the statue, there is a medium-sized storage room with priceless relics of Buddha statues and bottle of human ashes. The displays are quite impressive.
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