The Wat Pho: (Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan)
As we continue our series of Bangkok temples, this temple is one that most American’s planning to travel to Thailand may have never heard of before. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). However, it is a very popular destination for tourists to Bangkok, and one that should not be missed. You may have seen images of the golden Buddha laying on his side in travel guides or websites, but none of that can compare to seeing it in person. It is a sight that you do not want to miss during your visit to beautiful Thailand.
This temple was named after an Indian monastery where it is believed that Buddha had once lived. Wat Pho is Bangkok’s largest and oldest temple. ‘The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’ is so named because of the 49 feet high, 141 feet long image of Buddha reclining. The Buddha is covered in gold leaf and beautiful mother-of-pearl decor. It is about a 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace, so make sure you take the time to stroll over, as many other visitors do not take the time to see both temples, the Wat Pho is oftentimes less crowded.
In addition to the reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is also home to 1,000 buddha images as well as 91 chedis (or stupas), 4 of which are dedicated to the 4 Chakri kings. It is also where the first Thai massage school is located and considered the leading school of Thai massage training. The Traditional Medical Practitioners Association Center is located here within an open-air hall just outside the temple. Take some time to enjoy a traditional Thai massage while you are here since you will be in the hands of the masters of massage. What better way to relax during your tour of Bangkok’s majestic temples.
The entrance fee is currently around 100 baht ($3.25 USD) and is open for viewing from 8 am to 5 pm.
Though we may not have a reclining Buddha, we do have delicious traditional Thai food and friendly service here at Thaiphoon in Arlington, VA. Come visit us today or place an order to go. We look forward to welcoming you soon.