Wat Pho Place guide

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What Pho, the temple of the reclining buddha

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Another of the most famous temples in Bangkok and famed Bangkok tourist places is 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. 

This temple holds several titles in its arsenal, being built even before Bangkok was established as a city, the birthplace of the famous Thai massage, and the only temple known for housing the largest statue of Buddha.

While Wat Pho does have over a thousand Buddha images within its walls, the Reclining Buddha is its most famous attraction. Stretching approximately 46m long and covered in gold leaf, this brilliant image represents Buddha’s entry into his state of Nirvana and the end of all reincarnation. 

The temple, which is also considered a leading school in Thai massage, also has massage pavilions that offer traditional Thai massages.

Make your life easier with this Wat Pho Reclining Buddha Temple Tour, where all entrance fees and transportation are taken care of.

Some things to take note of:

  • Dress code: Wat Pho’s dress code is straightforward and quite strict, with visitors having to keep the entirety of their arms, legs, and feet covered to be able to visit the majority of the areas within the temple. Suggested clothing to wear is long-sleeved shirts or a jacket, pants, and sneakers. Those who do not follow this will be denied entrance.
  • When visiting the area of the Reclining Buddha, all types of footwear must be removed.
  • Entrance fee: 100THB
  • Operating hours: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm; although the best time to visit Wat Pho is in the morning. Not only is it cooler, but it will give you more than enough time to explore this beautiful place.
  • Massage pavilion operating hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • The average rate of a massage for 1 hour: 420THB

How to get there:

  • Boat: One recommendation is to travel by boat. You 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. 
  • Tuk tuk: Thailand’s famous tuk-tuks are also viable options, but can be more expensive if you are not familiar with the city.
  • Motorcycle taxi: Click here to learn how to recognize and hail them!

2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

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