Discover What Pho - Bangkok
One of the most famous temples travelers should not miss in the city of Bangkok is the Wat Pho. Also known as, Wat Phra Chetuphon, this sacred temple is located to the south of the Grand Palace and is classified as one of the highest of the first class royal temples in Thailand. Tourists must always add Wat Pho to their itinerary because this temple was built even before Bangkok was established as a city. Wat Pho is the place to be for travelers to experience genuine peace and tranquility; because not only is this temple known for housing the largest statue of the divine Buddha, but it is also the birthplace of the famous Thai massage.
Although Wat Pho does have over 1000 Buddha images within its walls, the Reclining Buddha is its most famous attraction. Stretching 46m long, this golden image represents Buddha’s entry into his state of Nirvana and the end of all reincarnation. Once tourists enter this part of the temple, the watchful eye of the Reclining Buddha will immediately free them from all their stress. If travelers begin to get tired within the Wat Pho, they can always relax inside one of the temple’s massage pavilions. They offer the best traditional Thai massages, and their rates cost about 420 Baht an hour and is open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Wat Pho is definitely the destination for the weary and those who want to find inner peace.
All of Thailand’s sacred temples have strict dress codes, but in Wat Pho, additional rules have been implemented. To enjoy the entirety of this temple, backpackers must cover their arms, legs, and feet. It is also good to keep in mind that when one is visiting this area of the Reclining Buddha, all types of footwear must be removed.
As for getting to Wat Pho, Trip Guru suggests traveling by boat. Travelers can take an express boat to Tha Tien (N8) which is located along the Chao Phraya River and from there, walk towards to Wat Pho. Thailand’s famous tuk-tuks are also viable options, but can be more expensive if one is not familiar with the city. Entrance to Wat Pho will cost around 100 Baht , and the temple is open from 8:00AM to 6:30PM.
What our experts tell about this experience.
I thought that Wat Pho was all about the big Buddha statue but I arrived and there was much more to explore. But man oh man, the heat kills! Anyhow, the statue isn't huge, it's massive. I walked around a lot seeing the many detailed shrines that was ceramic decorated and it was very beautiful. As for the statue.. it was very very detailed. Thinking to myself the whole time I wonder who would be this calm to be able to decorate, detail and just make this into one of the best tourist attractions of Bangkok. After all the walking and picture taking I head the most relaxing foot massage! Didn't like the heat but over all a great visit!
The Reclining Buddha has always been on my list of temples to explore. I visited here with my family and found that it's not just the really big statue that makes it popular but the complex of buildings, the many other statues and of course the shrines around. I have to say that I don't know what was built first. The Buddha statue or the temple. Everything is so detailed and a lot of beautiful ceramic decorations too!