Wat Pho, Bangkok

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2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200 +66 2 226 0335

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    Wat Pho

    by jckim Written May 10, 2015

    My favorite place in Bangkok.
    There are many beautiful and colorful chedi!

    Wat Pho is situated behind the Grand Palace, near the Tha Tien Pier. It is a large temple that was originally called Wat Photharam and was built during the Ayutthaya Period. King Rama I ordered its complete restoration in 1789 and installed many Buddha images that were removed from abandoned temples in other parts of the country.

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    Wat Pho

    by antistar Written Mar 16, 2015

    Home to dozens of cats and the royal ashes, Wat Pho is one of Thailands largest and most impressive temple complexes. The centrepiece is the Reclining Buddha - an immense golden statue, lying on its side with a contented smile. Standing guard within the compound are several Farang (foreigner) statues, possessed off sly smiles and mischievous eyes.

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    Wat Pho - Reclining Buddha

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    The most famous attraction at Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The Buddha is 15 meters high and 43 meters long. The impressive feet of the Buddha are 3 meters high and 4.5 meters long. The feet have 108 auspicious symbols on the bottom. Lined along the inner wall of the temple is 108 bowls. Visitors can purchase coins to drop in the bowls that is believed to bring good fortune.

    It is quite a scene. A few things to note. There several signs inside the temple warning visitors to mind their belonging and be alert as pick-pocket artist have been known to work and steal from people as they admire the Buddha. Also, I would recommend bringing a wide angle lens to capture the entire Buddha.

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    Wat Pho -Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    These four large pagodas are located just inside the white wall. Each is a dedication to one of the King Rama's I to IV and all are the same height at 42 meters. Each is decorated in mosaic tile with a different color theme for each.

    The green tile mosaic pagoda is Phra Maha Chedi Sri Sanpetdayarn , built in the reign of King Rama I containing relics of Lord Buddha

    The one with white-tile mosaic is Phra Maha Chedi Dilok Dhammakaroknitarn, representing the reign of King Rama II, was built by his son, King Rama III.

    The yellow tile mosaic pagoda, Phra Maha Chedi Muni Batborikharn, is also built by King Rama III for his own reign and for the praise of Buddha.

    The dark blue tile mosaic, Phra Maha Chedi Song Phra Srisuriyothai, represents the reign of King Rama IV or King Mongkut.

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    Wat Pho

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    Wat Pho is one of the most important temples in Bangkok. It's official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. The Wat Pho name comes from the temples previous name, Wat Photharam. Thankfully, someone decided to use Wat Pho instead of the official name. The Wat Pho complex covers an area of about 20 acres and is very close to the Grand Palace.

    The main attraction at Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. Other things of note are that there are 99 Chedi throughout the complex. There are 4 large Phra Maha Stupas which are dedications to King Rama I through IV.

    It cost 100 Baht to enter Wat Pho. This is not bad considering that after you enter, you are given a free bottle of water and a free access code for wifi. The complex is open daily from 8:30am to 6:30pm.

    There are a few rules stressed when you arrive, most of all is to dress appropriately. There are signs posted for women not to wear shorts, short skirts nor shirts that expose the shoulders or back. It is hot in Bangkok and I observed many tourist not prepared for this. These rules are more towards anyone that wants to enter a temple, not just the grounds. Before entering the temple, all should remove shoes, hats and most temples will provide a robe for women to cover their legs and shoulders if they are exposed.

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    Temple of Reclining Buddha

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 29, 2014

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    Wow, it's really, really big! And, very, very gold! What a sight! It's not very far from the Grand Palace so you should see both on the same day to maximize your site seeing. After visiting one or the other, a tuk-tuk drivers might concoct a story that you can't visit the other temple just at that moment because of some national ceremony going on. He'll offer to take you to other sites and bring you back. Don't buy into this - see my Bangkok travel page for the tuk-tuk story. Anyway, this is definitely something you should see if you go to Bangkok. The temple grounds are also quite a sight to see as well.

    When we were there, there was some speech over the PA system on the grounds. It appeared one of the monks were speaking about something. Other Thai people were sitting around or napping on the premises in designated areas. These areas were marked "For Thai People Only".

    See more pics on my travelogue.

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  • The land of Scams(Scam scam every where)

    by 1aeprk Written Aug 3, 2014

    Grand Palace. and wat pho......The well known place for scammers, cheaters mafia....Don't get any advice from English speaking thai men,tuk tuk guy etc.Don't be fool by taking their advice to visit lucky budha,jeweler export shops last day offer, long tailed boat etc.Dont listen to 'the temple is closed'. Who ever you meet all will be part of the same mafia, they cheat you in frond of grand palace or wat pho .The CCTV of grand palace is not going to help you. Nobody will help you including the police because they think making money is very difficult thing for Thais and you tourists/ foreigners(farang in thai) have enough excess money .

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    QUIET, THE BUDDHA IS RESTING

    by davidjo Written Aug 2, 2014

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    The magnificent Phra Buddhasaiyas (Reclining Buddha) is 49 m long and 12 m high (or 46m X 15m, depending who you believe) and is housed in the oldest and largest Buddhist Temple in Bangkok and was created during Rama III restoration. Gold plating covers the Buddhas body while inlay pearl decorates his eyes and soles of his feet, and to top it all, the bottoms of his feet are decorated with 108 scenes in Chinese and Indian styles. This is because 108 is an auspicious number as it refers to the 108 positive actions that led Buddha to perfection. His feet are 5 meters long, by the way. There are 108 bronze bowls lining the wall and you may purchase a bag of coins to drop in the bowls as it is supposed to bring you luck. However if you don't receive good luck the money goes towards the restoration of the Wat.

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  • Walking in the streets

    by volopolo Updated Jul 29, 2014

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    Walking in the streets

    One of the things to do is: Walking in Bangkok streets. From Wat Pho you can walking to other temples they are very near. Like: Wat Pho is very near to Wat Phra Khaew, Suan Saranrom Park, Wat Mahathat, National Museum etc.

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    First Photo: Pin Klao road
    Second Photo: Ratchadamri road
    Third Photo: Sathon road
    Forth Photo: Thanon Si Ayutthaya road
    Fifth Photo: Surawong road

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  • Temple of Reclining Buddha

    by volopolo Updated Jul 29, 2014

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    Wat Pho
    "The Temple of Reclining Buddha"

    Located near Grand Palace. Wat Pho is the largest and oldest Wat - Temple in Bangkok.

    The full name is:
    Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn.

    The Reclining Buddha have:
    15 meter high
    46 meter long


    Information
    Name: Wat Pho
    Theme: The Buddha Image
    Close to: Wat Phra Khaew, Suan Saranrom Park, Chao Praya River
    Location: Ratanakosin Island
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha
    Admission Fee: I pay last time 20 baht
    Last Visit: February 2009


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    First Photo: The Reclining Buddha
    Second photo: Wat Pho
    Third photo: The Reclining Buddha
    Forth photo: Wat Pho
    Fifth photo: The Reclining Buddha

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    Wat Pho Temple

    by CDM7 Updated Feb 5, 2014

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    This Buddhist temple which is a short walk from the Grand Palace is a must place to visit when in Bangkok.As well as being the largest temple complex in the city it is also home of the leading massage school in Thailand,so a great place for getting a traditional Thai massage.
    Probably the most popular thing to see while here is the 'Reclining Buddha' which is 15 meters tall and 46 meters long.As you walk around the Buddha all you can hear is the sound of people putting coins in one of the 108 bowls that line the length of the walls.

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    Wat Pho update

    by stamporama Written Aug 6, 2013

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    As of August 2013, the entrance fee to Wat Pho is 100 baht . The price includes a free 250 ml bottle of cold mineral water. I've been to this place 3 times already and nothing has changed around the place.

    It's open everyday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

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    Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 28, 2013

    "Wat Pho" is one of the most visited temples in Bangkok ... Actually, if I have time, I love to visit and explore the temples on my own and not with guided tours. If you are attached to a group as in rush and hurry, its not easy to catch up the details and to feel the real atmosphere. And its better to go on your own path sothat you can shoot more photos as you wish ... :)

    Just behind the opulent extravagance of the "Temple of the Emerald Buddha" stands Wat Phra Chetuphon, which is more commonly known by its old name of "Wat Pho".

    The temple is actually much older than the city of "Bangkok" itself. It was founded in the seventeenth century, making it the oldest temple in Bangkok. The name Wat Po comes from its original name of Wat Potaram. King Rama I, the founder of Bangkok, enlarged the temple, installed many statues and other artifacts recovered from Ayutthaya, and renamed the temple Wat Phra Chetuphon in 1801.

    Here you can see more photos on my "Travelogue" about the temple ... :
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    Inside the ubosot is a magnificent alter with a large Buddha, all finished in gold and crystal. Outside the ubosot, but within the cloister, you can sometimes find classical mask-makers demonstrating their art.

    If you exit the cloister through the north side and turn right, you'll find the massage pavilions at the far end of the temple compound. The temple is still considered the pre-eminent place of learning for the ancient Thai medicinal art. You can get a massage at the temple, or even sign up for courses to learn Thai massage yourself.

    The easiest way to get to Wat Po is by boat. Take the Chao Phraya River Express to the Tha Thien pier, then walk through the market and up the short street. Wat Po is directly across the intersection, on your right. On the left is the rear wall of the Grand Palace.

    Visitors must pay an entrance fee of 100 Baht at booths just inside the north, or south, entrances. Prices for a massage at the temple are 250 Baht for 30 minutes, or 400 Baht for one hour massage or a 45 minute foot massage.

    Strongly advised to visit, as said, you can go there on your own to explore or the concierge desk of your hotel will arrange a guided tour for you to the temple. Enjoy ... :)

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    Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 24, 2013

    First of all to pay respect, you have to take of your shoes as you enter the area to see the "Reclining Buddha", there are shelfs just outside sothat you can put your shoes on, as you get out you can wear your shoes again.

    Next door to the Grand Palace you’ll find the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). It’s the largest and oldest wat (temple) in Bangkok and as the name suggests, is home to the enormous "Reclining Buddha".

    You’ll also find many more Buddha images at Wat Pho which is said to have more statues of the Buddha than any other Bangkok temple.

    The Reclining Buddha was crafted to celebrate King Rama III’s restoration (1824 - 51). At 150 ft (46 m) long and 49 ft (15 m) high it is the largest Buddha image in Thailand. The reclining Buddha is decorated with gold leaf and his eyes and foot soles are inlaid with mother-of-pear.

    Aircon buses 6, 8 and 12 all stop close to Wat Pho and the Tha Tien express boat pier is very near. Ordinary buses that go near Wat Pho are ordinary buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 62 and 91 which stop on Maharat road. 44, 47 and 91 all stop on Thaiwang road, on the north side of Wat Pho, south of Wat Phra Kaew. It's also just a short river crossing away from Wat Arun. It's within walking distance of Wat Phra Kaew / Grand Palace, and (if you're feeling energetic) the National Museum too.

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    Buddha in The Royal Courtyard: Phra Upostha

    by goutammitra Written Nov 24, 2012

    Many people miss this temple of Buddha in the Royal Courtyard

    The principal Buddha image is “Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn” in a gesture of seated Buddha on a three tiered pedestal called Phra Pang Smardhi (Lord Buddha in the posture of conoentration), and some ashes of King Rama I are kept under the pedestal. The mural paintings in the hall depict Mahosatha Pandita (The Great Scholar of Mithila City, In Bihar State , in India), The heavens, and Phra Etadagga a disciple. On the middle tier there are two images of the Original Disciples, while the eight effigies of the Holy Priests stand on the lowest pedestal. Inside panels of the windows are decorated with lacquer work of the seals of these monastery dignitaries (in the reign of king Rama III).

    The second Buddhist architecture is called Phra Upostha, (the main temple or Bot or the Assembly Hall – a hall used for performing the monastic ritual). For Buddhists, the main temple is the heart of the monastery, as without a main temple, it would be a monk center and not a monastery.

    The main chapel was constructed in the reign of King Rama I in Ayudhya style. It was then reconstructed and enlarged during the reign of King Rama III. All sheltered windows and doors are made of hard wood with crown–like spires and colour-glazed tiles. Inlays of mother–of–pearl on the outer side of the entrance door panels depict episodes from the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Ramayana – the world famous Indian epic); while on the inner side are painted specimens of ecclesiastical fans of rank which are presented to the monk sovereigns.
    Please remember, the female and male must cover their legs and upper part of body as exposed body is not allowed inside the temple. They will provide you Sarongs and shoes to be left outside the temple! One must observe silence inside the temple!

    Phra Upostha Munu offering prayer at Phra Upostha! Me , Munu & Rakhi at Phra Upostha Me at the gate of Phra Upostha, with VT flag!
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    Jul 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Currently (June 2014), The entrance fee is 100Baht. It's open every day, opening hours are from 08.00am to 6.30pm. The automated information for Wat Pho should be updated to this.

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