When visiting Sakon Nakhon temples, you will see a wide variety of Reclining Buddha statues. The most famous Reclining Buddha in Thailand is found at the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, where the statue is 15 meters tall and 45 meters long, decorated with Mother of Pearl illustrations of 108 characteristics of the Buddha.
While the Reclining Buddhas at Sakon Nakhon temples may not be as dazzling as the one at Wat Pho, they are all fascinating in their own right: from the large sandstone carved Reclining Buddha at Wat Tham Pha Daen to the very Indian style Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Chai to the rough “outsider artist” style of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Sa Phang Thong.
The Reclining Buddha is an iconic theme in Buddhist art. You will always find the Buddha reclining on his right side, with his right hand supporting his head. This is the image of the Buddha on his death bed, when he is about to enter Parinirvana, a stage of nirvana after death that can only be attained by the most enlightened souls. The statues are meant to show that all beings have the potential to be awakened and released from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Please see below our growing photo gallery of Reclining Buddhas in Sakon Nakhon province. Please come back again to view additional photos.