Wat Pho

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Wat Pho Bangkok Reviews

tj1777 tj1777
378 reviews
The center of learning Apr 11, 2014
The wat known as Wat Pho is one of the biggest wats in Bangkok its official name is actually Wat Phra Chetuphon but I somehow doubt it will help much to ask direction to this destination compared just to ask for Wat Po which is also much easier to pronounce in a way so the locals will understand you.

The temple is originally from the 14th century but not much if anything remains from that time since it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. The wat was thoroughly renovated or rebuild by Rama I in the last part of the 18th century after the destruction and during the middle of the 19th century Rama III made more significant construction which is what is forming the basis for the current design of the wat.

The total area of the wat is about 50.000 square meter of supreme property in down town Bangkok next to the royal palace. There aren’t any monks actually living at the wat about 300 monks live in a nearby monastery and come to the wat to do their daily business. In addition to being a religious center the wat is also a traditional center of medical research including the teaching of traditional Thai massage - apparently you can come and get tortured - sorry massage - at this place if you arrange it before hand. Though we didn’t actually see anybody suffering through Thai massage while we were there.

The complex consists of many stupas and buildings one of the most impressive sights is the huge reclining Buddha inside one of the major buildings which has got richly decorated walls.

Outside on the temple ground was a market while we visited - though I am not sure if this market with all the food is always present or if was only here since it was the beginning of Songkran.

There is an entrance fee for foreigners at Wat Pho wears locals get in free - so if you are sufficiently fluent in Thai you might be able to get in for free unlike me with insufficient Thai knowledge.
The entrance area of Wat Pho
The entrance area of Wat Pho
Small building at Wat Pho
Market at Wat Pho
6 / 6 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
HelenP says:
Thank you.. Brings back memories for me.
Posted on: May 19, 2014
rsvpme says:
Interesting place....and not crowded..so great photos.
Posted on: May 18, 2014
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jesa145 jesa145
42 reviews
Temple of the Reclining Golden Buddha Mar 14, 2011
For just 50 Baht you'll be able to go in and visit the oldest temple in Bangkok. Located within the vicinity of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You'll also be able to visit the rest of the grounds of the temple to the 4 larger temples in Bangkok.

Inside the Wat Pho, Buddha lays on his side. Fully in gold with his feet embellished in mother of pearl.You'll need to remove your shoes before walking, as a sign of respect. It is scared ground.

The courtyard it self stands life size almost giant size statues of gods.

Point to note: Men - please ensure you're not in shorts and sleeveless t-shirts.. be decent.

It's advisable that women too cover their legs and shoulders. There are sarongs available outside but god knows how many people have put it on.
3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
emdee13 emdee13
12 reviews
Simply Amazing Mar 25, 2011
I LOVED this place!

The detail on the walls, the reclining buddha, the surroundings, the noise in the temple of all the coins being dropped into the containers...truly magnificent!

Well worth a visit!
realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
The largest and oldest temple in BKK Aug 19, 2009
Wat Pho is even called The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

It is such a wonderful colorful building. It's the oldest and larges temple in Bangkok and there is located the biggest Buddha in Thailand. The Reclining Buddha. A wonderful gold plating covered statue of 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The images on his feet are really amazing. But there are more than 1000 Buddha images in the temple (the most in Thailand).

At the entrance to the room of the Reclining Buddha, you can change some money in coins of 25 satang and then put the coins in the many many wish pots located at the base of the statue.

Wat Pho is birthplace of the world famous Thai Massage.
The Reclining Buddha
The Reclining Buddha
The Reclining Buddha
The Reclining Buddha
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Vipin says:
it's just soo huge!
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011
Incudhiast says:
Great Place!!
Posted on: Oct 15, 2010
Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Huge sleeping Buddha ! Aug 25, 2008
My first face feeling was really funny because stay with open mouth and said what is this !

Huge huge really huge Reclining Buddha , as I read are 53 meter long (160ft).

The decoration was very fantastic and shine so much .

I wonder and was very happy to saw this work of art .

Many details at the feet and wonderful porcelain enamel

It's really fantastic and from the beautiful Buddhas where saw to my life .

Also like the small pots for the donation , and the say if you want to have a strong wish

you must full all of that :)

I recommended to everybody if get to Bangkok to visit it unconditionally .

As always say , one photo thousand of words :)

3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy

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