|Wat Pho entrance|
|World famous reclining Buddha|
8am to 5pm – closed on mondays
100 Thai Baht – ($3.3) As this is a temple no shorts, short skirts or vests are allowed.
Wat Pho is Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple covering an area of 80,000 sqm. The temple is made up of two walled compounds with 91 chedis (known as ‘stupa’ in India) in the space in between the compounds.
What to see:
The main attraction is the world’s largest reclining Buddha, which is 46 metres long and 15 metres high. The statue is covered in gold leaf, and the eyes and feet are beautifully decorated in mother of pearl inlay. A must see attraction.
Story of Ramakien:
On the outer walls there are over 150 painted depictions of the Thai version of the Hindu epic of The Ramayana. These painting are an important part of Thailand’s cultural heritage.
108 brass buckets run the length of the reclining Buddha. For good fortune place a brass coin in each of the buckets.
The temple is Thailand oldest public university, and still runs a number of educational programmes, including the world’s top Thai massage school.
Toilets throughout, and a small cafe serving drinks and snacks.
Address: 248 Thanon Thai Wang, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
By Boat: Wat Pho is not on the mass transit system. You can however connect to the Sky Train (BTS) system at Saphan Taksin BTS station. Adjacent to the station is Sathorn Pier for the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Alight at the Tha Chang Pier for Wat Pho temple.
Starts at either 8am or 12pm with a pick up from your hotel. The early tour returns you to your hotel at 12pm, the later tour returns you to your hotel at 4pm. The tour also includes a visit to Wat Trimit and Wat Benjamaborpit, all admission fees, and the services of an English speaking guide. Click below to book.