Also known as the Temple of the reclining Buddha, is one of the most famous statues associated with Buddhism.
The image of the reclining Buddha is covered in gold leaf and is 15 m high and 43 m long. The Temple of Wat Pho is named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have spent some time.
Recommended areas in the temple grounds include four chapels which contain 394 Buddha images in long lines coming from all parts of Thailand. It is also advisable to buy some coins at the entrance as there are 108 bowls near the reclining Buddha where visitors can drop coins to bring good fortune and luck.
Wat Phao is also an excellent place to have some traditional Thai massage as the Temple is home to one of the earliest and best Thai massage Schools in Thailand. Practitioners come from all over the country to learn and perfect the skills of Thai massage.
As with all religious places in Thailand, visitors should dress respectfully. For men. This means long sleeves and no shorts. And for women, this means no exposed skin , such as shoulders and low-cut tops.
Opening times 0:800 – 17:00
Thai massage available until 18:00
Review taken from trip advisor, ranked #3 of 233 attractions in Bangkok
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Wat Pho is a very spiritual place which I am sure comes as no surprise. The place itself is a lot bigger than expected, there are numerous temples inside the main area with the main building housing the reclining buddha. You will probably spend about an hour and a half here which leaves you plenty of time to see all the other numerous temples in the area.
Tip…. Women need to cover their arms and legs so buy a cheap shawl or wrap before you go, if not they will provide you with one for a small cost.
*Easy access for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility