This post was last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 08:44 am
Wat Pho, also known as the Reclining Buddha, is a temple in Bangkok. The temple was built in a special way in 1788. Namely through a restoration at the Wat Phodharam that stood at the same location. This temple was renovated and expanded in the time of King Rama III. It was renovated once again in 1982.
The Most Famous Temple of Thailand
Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and houses more than a thousand Buddha statues, this is more than any other temple in the country. In addition, the largest reclining Buddha statue in all of Thailand can also be found here: the reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas or the Reclining Buddha, see photo below).
TIP – The Wat Pho temple is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Entry costs 100 baht (US$3.20) per person.
This reclining Buddha, which was part of the restoration of King Rama III, is forty-six meters in length and fifteen meters in height. The reclining Buddha is richly decorated with gold leaf and nacre (a.k.a. mother of pearl) on the eyes and soles of the feet.
The soles of the feet show 108 prosperous images in a Chinese and Indian style.
The Thai Massage Originates from Wat Pho
The temple is also seen as the origin of the traditional Thai massage. Even before Wat Pho became a temple, it was the center for training for traditional Thai medication.
During the restoration by King Rama III, plates with medical inscriptions were placed around the temple, while at the same time in 1962 the school for traditional Thai medicines and massages was established.
A massage will cost around 420 baht (around US$13.50) per hour.
The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled sections that are separated in an east-westerly direction by Chetuphon Road. The reclining Buddha and the massage school are located in the northern part and the Buddhist monastery with houses and a school are located in the southern part.
Wear Suitable Clothing
Try being respectful with your clothing when you enter a religious edifice like a temple. These are sacred places and you must show respect there. Cover your shoulder and knees. For the latter, you can get a sarong for a 200 baht deposit.
In addition, take off your shoes/slippers when you enter a temple and NEVER direct your feet towards a Buddha statue.