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Monday, October 7, 2013

Wat Pho: Temple of the Recling Buddha

by Regin Reyno

When in Thailand, make it a point to visit the temples. It’s a great cultural experience. Since Thailand is a Buddhist country, many temples abound.

One of the best temples you can visit when in Bangkok is Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon, commonly known as “The Temple of the Reclining Buddha”. It is adjacent to the Grand Palace located in Rattanakosin district.
stupas, chedis, bots at Wat Pho
Its main attraction is the 15 m high and 43 m long statue of Buddha in a reclining position. It’s a wonderful sight to behold. Its foot is laden with mother of pearls. There are also 108 bronze bowls in the corridor. These bowls represent the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. Drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune and make your wish come true. The money will also go to the maintenance of the temple.
offering coins in the bowls for good fortune
As with all temples in Thailand, you must take of your shoes or any footwear upon entering the bot or the main temple building. So I recommend that you wear sandals or fit flops when visiting the temple for convenience. Observe dress code too. Short pants are not allowed, so as miniskirts and spaghetti straps or tank tops.
reclining Buddha
photo credit: Mark Saban
Wat Pho is also known as the birthplace of Thai massage. It was founded in 1781, by King Rama 1 (Buddha Yofa  Chulaloke). And at 80,000 square meters, this is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok.
So when in Thailand, take the opportunity to visit Wat Pho and have a wonderful cultural experience.


TRAVEL NOTES:
Location:
2 Sanamchai Road, Phra Borommaharachawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10020 (just beside the Grand Palace)
Getting There:
Taxi: Ask the driver to take you to Wat Pho (or Wat Phra Chetuphon)


Boat: Take the Chao Phraya River Express to Tha Thien, then walk 5 minutes to Wat Pho.


MRT (subway):  The closest station is Hua Lampong; take a taxi from there.


Bus (Non-air conditioned): 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 25, 32, 43, 44, 47, 51, 53, 82, and 103.


Bus (Air-conditioned): 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, and 44.
Hours of Operation:
Open every day from 8:00am – 5:30pm
Admission:
100 Baht entrance fee
Dress Code:
You should dress appropriately for a temple. No short pants, mini skirt, spaghetti straps or tank tops.


Have you been to Wat Pho before? Tell us about your experience.

3 comments:

  1. Really a bummer I have not visited here last year Reg!

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