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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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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 .
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.
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.
First Photo: Pin Klao road
Second Photo: Ratchadamri road
Third Photo: Sathon road
Forth Photo: Thanon Si Ayutthaya road
Fifth Photo: Surawong road
"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
Name: Wat Pho
Theme: The Buddha Image
Close to: Wat Phra Khaew, Suan Saranrom Park, Chao Praya River
Location: Ratanakosin Island
Pictures in the web: Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha
Admission Fee: I pay last time 20 baht
Last Visit: February 2009
First Photo: The Reclining Buddha
Second photo: Wat Pho
Third photo: The Reclining Buddha
Forth photo: Wat Pho
Fifth photo: The Reclining Buddha
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.
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.