Bangkok is a bright and unforgettable city, its territory takes about 560 km2 and its population is more than 9 million people. Despite its damp climate and inevitable chaos on the roads, Bangkok can be of great interest for tourists. This city is famous for its numerous channels (or 'klongs', as the natives call them), for floating markets and of course for the temples. Usually tourists are also very much attracted by Bang Lamphu and China Town.
Regardless of whether you'll like Bangkok or not, we can assure you, that trip to this city would definitely live unforgettable impressions. In Bangkok there are hundreds of temples and cloisters. Some of them have fame of the most beautiful all over South-West Asia. First of all you should visit well-known Wat Phra Kaeo, which is located in the Grand Palace. Wat Arun and Wat Po are also worth your attention. In Thai 'Wat' means a group of temples. All these temples are located in the ancient part of the city, the distance between them is not very long, so you may go from one to another on foot.
Wat Po is the oldest and the largest temple in Bangkok, it was built in the 6th century. In the main building of this temple there is the amazing golden statue of a reclining Buddha, the statue is 46m lengthwise and 15m in height, it was made of brick and then covered with stucco and gold. Enormous feet of Buddha catch everyone's eye, on them with nacre are expressed 108 his physical embodiments. Due to its size and the look of Buddha the statue produces a strong impression and creates calm and peaceful atmosphere. More than that, on the territory of the temple there are a lot of marvelous chapels, pavilions and towers, in which relics are kept. You'll hardly find a place on the territory of the temple, which was left undecorated. All numerous stone sculptures and images of Buddha shine with gold.
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