Wat Pho, Bangkok

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Tha Tien Pier, Chao Phraya River, Bangkok 02-221-991

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    Temple of the Reclining Buddha

    by DarkRay Written Jun 20, 2007

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    Here's an excellent write-up, from Into Asia:

    Wat Pho is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. At 20 acres large, it is the largest Wat in Bangkok, and is technically the oldest too, as it was built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand's capital. However, today the Wat today bears virtually no resemblance to that originally constructed, as it was almost entirely rebuilt by Rama I when the capital was moved to Bangkok. It holds the dual honors of having both Thailand's largest reclining Buddha image and the most number of Buddha images in Thailand.

    The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration, and the feet also show the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.

    The vast grounds at the temple were always well-manicured when I visited it. The main hall, where the statue of the Reclining Buddha was housed, had an air of serenity which I loved.

    But really for me, the most important thing to do when visiting Wat Pho is to have a really good traditional Thai massage at its Thai Traditional Medical & Message School.

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    by AsterixSg Updated Dec 13, 2004

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    If you've followed my tip and took the ferry to Ta Tien pier and completed the visit to Wat Arun, you are now ready to go to Wat Pho.

    1. Take the small lane that leads you away from the Ta Tien pier to the main road. Ignore the calls of the tuk tuk drivers to take you to the Grand Palace etc.

    2. As you reach the main road, take a right turn and walk for 20 meters or so. You will reach the Wat Pho.

    3. Purchase a ticket and if you think you need a guide to show you around, make sure you get an authorized one.

    4. You need to take off your shoes when visiting the temple. Please also dress conservatively.

    Viewing the huge reclining statue of the Budhdha is an ethereal experience.

    Once you complete this visit, you are ready to go to the Grand Palace...

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    by tere1 Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    This is the most well known temple in Bangkok and also the largest. It's where the Reclining Buddha can be found.

    The Wat Pho is amazing, with beautiful gardens and I was specially thrilled with the temples roofs. So that you can understand a bit of the history of the Wat Pho, I suggest that you hire a guide to show you around. They don't charge much and you can find them after you enter.

    It's a very interesting place, with much to see, so plan to stay there for at least a couple of hours to get to know the place in depth.

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    Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and massage

    by johnaalex Written Sep 21, 2004

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    This temple is close to the Grand Palace and is not just home to one of the largest reclining Buddhas, but it is a centre for the teaching of traditional Thai massage. Anybody can sign up to take the massage course which is normally spread over a few days. Of course you do not have to take the course to enjoy a massage here and I would recommend that you do so. They are inexpensive and a good tonic for any weary sightseer.
    My tip is to get to the Grand Palace around 9.00 to miss some of the crowds and the heat, see the sights there before going around to Wat Po to explore that temple, have an hours massage then head back to your hotel for dip in the pool and some lunch.

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    The Reclining Buddha @ Wat Pho

    by xuessium Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    Next door to Wat Phra Kaew/Grand Palace so you can visit both places in one day.

    This is home to the Reclining Buddha. Enter the hall and you will be bedazzled by the gold reflecting off the body of the Buddha and as well from the tiles used for the base, which are made from mother-of-pearls.

    A number of visitors (yours truly included) will donate some money (20 Bahts is now the standard, circa 2006) and in turn receive a bag of coins, which you would then deposit one coin at a time into alm bowls that had been placed as a perimeter around the Reclining Buddha. There is exactly enough coins for all the alm bowls and when you have finished your round (which also means you will be exiting the Hall) you would supposedly be blessed. This act is optional.

    Walk through the grounds of the complex. There are many large stupas (effectively tombstones) littering the grounds. Marvel your through the many halls and galleries, guarded by figurines and statues, as well as wonderful architectural touches. Wat Pho is possibly the most Chinese-influenced of all of Bangkok's Wats.

    Wat Pho is also home to the Thai Traditional Medical Science School and Body Massage. Grab a traditional Thai Massage at the school. You have a choice for cheap but non air-conned and slightly more expensive but with air-con rooms. Massage service fee 250 baht / hour. No hanky panky here. Certainly, not in a Wat!

    Decent dress code for visiting places of worship applies.

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    Most beautiful Reclining Bhudda in Thailand

    by zazatann Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    This worldwide famous is located right next to the Grand Palace to the south. It is one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. Wat Pho was built by King Rama I about 200 years ago and houses the gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha image. This unique image is 49 metres long and 12 metres high with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called Thailand’s First University.

    The building housing the Reclining Buddha Image is open daily from 09.00 – 17.00 hours. An admission fee of 50 Baht is required.

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    Wat Pho...and the reclining Buddha

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    I visited Wat Pho during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007.

    Wat Pho, which is located just a few minutes walk from the Grand Palace, is the largest Wat in Bangkok, and is famous for its huge reclining Buddha.

    Entrance costs just 50 Bahts (approx. 0.80 GBP) and tourists must enter through specially designated entrances. I found Wat Pho to be less crowded, more laid back and generally more enjoyable than the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew where I had just come from.

    The famous reclining Buddha, housed in a rather humble building, is 46 metres long and 15 metres high. The sheer size makes it impossible to capture the whole Buddha in one photograph, even if you stand in the far corner of the room. Even its feet are enormous, towering above the awestruck visitors, and they are decorated on their soles with mother of pearl decoration.

    Along the wall besides the reclining Buddha there are 108 bronze bowls. Visitors are encouraged to place a coin in each of these bowls in order to achieve merit. I didn’t have many coins on me, and only found out later that you can change notes for hundreds of small coins at the temple.

    While the reclining Buddha is the main reason for visiting Wat Pho, the rest of the site is also very pleasant to walk around. There are apparently 91 chedis (bell shaped towers decorated with colourful porcelain) on the site and many of them are clustered together like little chedi villages! A small temple on the site contains a handful of golden Buddha icons.

    Wat Pho also contains a highly regarded massage school where visitors can either receive a massage or take classes in the art of massage.

    After you’ve exhausted the various sights at Wat Pho, you can retire to the on-site souvenir shop and shaded café. You can find fortune tellers sitting at the tables of the café if you wish to know what the future holds…I just bought a cold bottle of Gatorade to quench my thirst.

    Wat Pho…my favourite temple in Bangkok…and not just for the giant reclining Buddha!

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    Wat Pho…MORE EYE CANDY…a MUST SEE “ATTRACTION”..

    by Greggor58 Written Mar 6, 2011

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    I enjoyed my visit to Wat Pho so much that I returned for a second time… I thought it was so interesting…there’s just so much to see here and so many great photo opportunities here. The complex that comprises Wat Pho is quite large, about 20 acres in fact and contains a few different areas containing a collection of Buddha’s image and carvings that is said to be the greatest in number throughout all of Thailand. Wat Pho is most likely known as the home of the infamous Reclining Buddha.

    The complex is divided by Sanamchai Road and one compound, the Tukgawee, is a functioning monastery where monks live and study. The other area is north of the road and is where the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha is located

    The Reclining Buddha… is an immensely LARGE golden plated Buddha that measures 46 meters long and about 15 meters high. Equally impressive are the large feet of the Buddha, which are inlayed with tiny representations of the 108 “auspicious characteristics” of Buddha. At 5 meters long and 3 meters high they NEED to be this large to illustrate the detail of the tiny Buddha images.

    As you approach the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha, where the giant Buddha is kept, you’ll see a line up at the front of the building where people are funneled into an entrance, scrutinized for proper dress; theoretically you must comply with proper dress codes and remove your shoes to enter. It was my experience that shorts and a t shirt were ok to enter with as I was not refused access wearing shorts. My sandals joined the hundreds of others that were left at the entranceway and I didn’t have any worries about them NOT being there when I returned to get them after my visit. Who’d want them?? The line files past the length of the revered Buddha and along the way there are donation boxes that people will contribute a few Baht into. The line eventually goes past the feet and back around the other side and out the door where you can find your shoes again.

    The Reclining Buddha is the focal point of the entire complex but there is other less notable but nonetheless beautiful Ubosots and Chedi and statues located throughout the complex. I didnt get inside of the Phra Uposatha ,this is the location of another important Buddha, Deva Patimakorn. I did venture into the West Vihara where you can see Pang Nak Prok, the Buddha under the Naga's hood.

    After you’ve visited the complex and have had your fill of Buddha you can relax if you like with a massage that’s offered here in a part of the complex where the “Traditional Medicine and Massage School” is located. You can have a regular “Thai” massage for only 250 Baht and hour…roughly the equivalent of about $ 8.00 Canadian or USA dollars.

    The present day Way Pho is yet another “incarnation” of a much older temple called Wat Phodharam that was located on this site for certain about 1300 A.D. Over the years many temples including Wat Pho have been added onto and renovated and re-modeled and Wat Pho is certainly no exception to this fact.. King Rama 1 directed the renovation of Wat Phodharam during his reign between the years 1782 and 1809 and declared the creation of this, Wat Pho, a royal monastery. During the subsequent reign of King Rama 111 the most major renovation and expansion work occurred and what you actually see today is a complex that has last undergone a “sprucing up” during the Bicentennial of Bangkok in 1982. At present there is a remodeling of the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha and you might encounter some unsightly but necessary tarps covering some parts of the building.

    DO make this a stopover on your discovery of Bangkok, in fact if you have limited time here and you have to choose…I hope you include Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha as a stopover, you’ll be happy that you did!

    I’ve read that access is from 0900 AM until 2100 PM but the sign at the entrance way to the complex indicates that it is open from 0800 AM until 2100 PM.

    Access is only 50 Baht unless you are a Thai citizen in which case entry is without cost.

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    Wat Pho , Reclining Buddha

    by mirjana51 Written Jan 14, 2005

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    It is Bangkok's oldest and largest temple. There is gigantic gold plated reclining Buddha. Also is known as the first centre of public education, or sometimes called "Thailand's first university", The temple houses mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues are very impressive.

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    Wat Pho

    by Rojo72 Written May 23, 2004

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    When you're in Bangkok you NEED to see some of all the Wats. Wat Pho is home to the largest reclining Buddha in the world, over 35m long and in gold. Unfortunately it was being restored when I was there so we saw it, but with loads of construction worker's things around it. No photos allowed in here as I recall too.

    There are a lot of other things to see in the large temple area and several other Buddha statues and stuff.

    One very very sad thing in my mind was all the merchants who wa sIN the temple area selling everything and nothing...

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    Wat Pho

    by richiecdisc Updated Aug 15, 2005

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    The site of Wat Pho dates back to the 16th century but the current buildings are from the late 1700s. It is the largest and oldest Wat in Bangkok and has the largest collection of Buddha images in the whole country. Though the Reclining Buddha was impressive, the outside of the various structures in the compound were equally interesting. You’ll need not only a very wide angle to capture the divine recliner but also a good zoom to get all the details on the outside.

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  • Temple of Reclining Buddha

    by volopolo Updated Jul 31, 2010

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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


    My Photos
    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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    When at Wat Pho - have your palm read

    by thedouglas Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    This is the all-knowing one - him I mean!

    A visit to Wat Pho and Bangkok's famous reclining Buddha is on every tourist's itinerary - its a must. When we went the first time, I had my palm read. Being the skeptic I am, my tongue was planted in my cheek - but not for long. I was gobsmacked - and remain - at the accuracy of this man's statements about so many facets of my life, and not just the usual stuff fortune tellers say to people, and enough of it is right or a close enough fit.

    He tried to articulate my occupation initially - not being able to find the right words - and described my children by gender and personality, my relationship with a range of people in my life, my personality quite well etc..... . So, I would be interested in someone else's experience and impressions.

    My daughter had her signs (relating to date of birth) done, and we'll have to wait and see, as much of this is centred on life prediction.

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    The largest golden budda in Wat Pho

    by we2364 Written Jul 2, 2004

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    The reclining golden budda

    This is the only temple I visit in Bangkok and by watching this sleeping budda, it provides the starting point of having more inner peace.

    This 46-meters-long reclining Budda is the oldest and longest one in the city. Golden glued on her body and Pearl besetting on her feet are all from the donation of devout buddhists. And the peaceful smile reflecting from her face represents the extreme of kindness, which is the core tenet of buddism.

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    Wat Pho

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    The Wat Pho is best known for its enormous Reclining Buddha, whihc is truly impressive. But, there are other jewels to be found around this massive complex. The Wat Pho is located very near, and makes for a great morning tour with, the Royal Palace. Wat Pho is less regulate as far as dress and photos are concerned, allowing for pretty much what you want.

    Wat Pho was the first, and remains the most prominent university in Thailand. This is the home for the most famous school of Thai massage, as well.

    The entrance to Wat Pho is on Chetuphon road. Entrance is 20B. It's open every day, opening hours are from 08.00am to 5.00pm, with a break from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.

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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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