Situated along the East bank of the Chao Phraya river (opposite the Wat Arun temple) is the "Reclining Buddha" complex. It is one of the best-known and popular attractions in Thailand. Measuring approximately 138 feet (46 meters) in length and 45 feet (15 meters) in height, this massive structure is made from brick and stucco and then lacquered and gilded. The feet of this statue by themselves measure 15 feet (5 meters) by 9 feet (3 meters)...I will never again complain about my feet. As you walk around the feet, you see inlaid patterns of mother-of-pearl indicating auspiciousness. The position of this Buddha statue is said to resemble that of a lion reclining. Thai and other Buddists believe that praying to this image brings them peace and happiness.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.