Oldest Buddhist Temple in Bangkok
Its official name is “Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan“. The more commonly referred as Wat Pho, is a contraction of its older name “Wat Photaram”.
It is on Rattanakosin Island, just behind the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
This is Bangkok’s largest temple complex and is first on the list of six temples that are ranked as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex and was later extensively renovated by Rama III.
The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images. It has 15 meters tall and 46 meter long reclining Buddha. So large Buddha appears to has been squeezed into the building where it is housed. The size of which one must be experienced in person as it is merely awe-inspiring. The feet of the Reclining Buddha statue are 5 meters long and decorated in Buddhist Sanskrit symbols & characters of the Buddha. The enormous golden figure of the ‘enlightened one’ cannot be explained with words. Even more it rarely captured in photos due to its massive size. You should visit this amazing site to see it for yourself at least once.
Reclining Buddha Temple
It also maintains the title as the country’s earliest center for public education, specializing in religion, science and literature. It houses a leading school of Thai medicine and is known as the origin of traditional Thai massage. That is still taught and practiced at the temple. Rama III mandated it legislation when the tradition was in danger of extinction. So, you could also have a great experience of massage here. It is not free; You will need to pay for this.
You will have to take your shoes off when enter the building where The Reclining Buddha is housed. They will offer there a bowl of coins to purchase. It is considered good luck if you purchase the bowl of coins. Then drop the coin in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the hall. Wat Pho has also good English speaking guides available. The Guide provide interesting information about it at the cost of a minimum of 200 baht. It depends on how many people you are there in the group, or else you can wander alone if you prefer.
Things you should be aware of when visiting the Wat Pho:
- You must wear appropriate clothing “No exposed shoulders or skin above the knee”.
- Visitors can take photographs in any area of the complex.
- It’s a recommendation that you wear shoes that you can easily remove. You’ll need to take them off when entering any structure in the complex.
Daily from 8:30 AM – 06.30 PM (massage available until 6.00 pm)
THB 200 per person
2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand