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Wat Pho – The Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

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Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok, Thailand.

Description

Its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn.

Construction of the current temple began in 1788, on the site of an older temple, Wat Phodharam, Wat Pho, which is a contraction of its former name.

It was extended, with significant restorations, during the reign of Rama III (1824-1851) and was restored in 1982.
Chedi Rai Wat PhoCovering an area of 8 hectares, this temple is located east of the Chao Phraya River, immediately south of the Royal Palace.

The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long lying Buddha.

The temple is considered as the first public education center in Thailand.

UNESCO has recognized the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instruction in its Memory of the World program.

The temple houses a Thai medical school and is also known as the cradle of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.

See: Wat Pho Massage School in Bangkok

The Reclining Buddha

This statue represents Buddha on his deathbed, about to access the parinirvana. It is 45 meters long and 15 meters high.

Rama III built the chapel and the reclining Buddha in 1832.

The image of the reclining Buddha represents the entry of the Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations.

It is one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.

Reclining Buddha Wat-Pho
Reclining Buddha Wat-Pho

The soles of the Buddha’s feet are 3 m high and 4.5 m long; they are inlaid with mother-of-pearl representing the 108 states of Buddha.

Reclining Buddha's foot
Reclining Buddha’s foot

In the center of each foot is a circle representing a chakra or energy point.

The Phra Ubosot

Phra Ubosot, Wat Pho
Phra Ubosot, Wat Pho

The Phra Ubosot or “bot” is the main hall that is used to perform Buddhist rituals and is considered the most sacred building of the Wat Pho.

A gold Buddha statue on a pedestal made of gold and crystal is located inside the building.

Photos of Wat Pho

Video on Wat-Pho

Useful information

The entrance fee is 100 baht for all visitors, except for children under 120 cm who benefit from a free entrance.

Opening: 08:00-17:00

Dress code

As with all Buddhist temples, you must wear proper clothing to visit Wat Pho, no short shorts above the knees for women, shoulders covered and you must remove your shoes in order to enter the rooms.

Transport

1. Bus No. 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 25, 32, 43, 44, 47, 48, 51, 53, 82, 103.
2. Air-conditioned bus no. 1, 6, 7, 7, 8, 12, 44
3. Chao Phraya Express Boat. Get off at Tha Chang Pier, Tha Tien Pier or Pak Klong Talad Pier

Locate Wat Pho on the map of Bangkok

 


Photos: View of Wat Pho: HZH; Reclining Buddha: Terry Kelleher; Chedi Rai: Diego Delso; Reclining Buddha 2: Diego Delso; Temple Pho: Anthony Hartman; Foot of the Buddha: Aimaimyi; Stûpas in the Wat enclosure: Diego Delso; Lingam in the Wat enclosure: Aimaimyi; Detail of the Reclining Buddha: Diego Delso.

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