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Wat Pho

Commonly known within Bangkok as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this is a spectacular place of worship and is notable for its many Buddha statues.

This is one of the major attractions in Bangkok for both tourists and Thai people alike. Apart from its huge collection of Buddha statues, it’s also known for its huge reclining Buddha which draws visitors from all over Thailand, and all over the world. The Wat Pho is also one of the world’s oldest public universities, and provides an official seat for the practice of traditional Thai massage.

This temple is usually referred to as Wat Pho for good reason. Its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, quite a mouthful! This also explains why many non-Thai speakers refer to it as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The abbreviated name is derived from the Wat Phodharam, which was a lost monastery associated with the Ayutthaya period. The Wat Phra is another temple which owes its legacy to King Rama I, who ensured that the temple was restored during his time as reigning monarch. Later successors to Rama continued with the restoration process.

The reclining Buddha, at 46 metres high, is located within a hallway, and it’s believed to be good luck to drop a coin into one of the bronze bowls that surround the huge shrine. 108 bowls are positioned around the Buddha, each one representing one of the 108 different positive characters. The statue is finished with an attractive gold leaf, which is represents the Buddha passing into a state of nirvana. The statue’s huge feet also have attractive mother-of-pearl inlays. Elsewhere within the temple, there are over 100 further Buddha statues.

The temple’s grounds contain the medical university which is intrinsically associated with Thai massage, but also provides training in traditional medicine. Visitors can take the opportunity to have an invigorating treatment if they wish. The ancient library contained within the temple is also well worth a visit. The room’s décor includes an attractive design which features shards of porcelain. Another popular spot is the walk in the monastery; there, you’ll find the resident monks friendly, welcoming and happy to discuss the Buddhist faith.

Wat Pho is located next to the Grand Palace. Tourists must cover their arms, legs and feet before entering. The temple is open every day, but a small admission charge applies.


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