Wat Pho

Wat Pho (ไทย. วัดโพธิ์), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon วัดพระเชตุพน) or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand, located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Its official full name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลาราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร).

The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

History

Prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions.

During the Rama III restoration, plaques inscribed with medical texts were placed around the temple. These received recognition in the Memory of the World Programme on 21 February 2008, according to Thailand's Government Public Relations Department. The temple was created as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with the work beginning in 1788. The temple was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III, and was restored again in 1982. In 1962 a school for traditional medicine and massage was established.

Description

Wat Pho is the one of the largest and oldest wat in Bangkok (with an area of 50 rai, 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas, Thai พระพุทธไสยาสน์). Made as part of Rama III's restoration, the Reclining Buddha is forty-six metres long and fifteen metres high, decorated with gold plating on his body and mother of pearl on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The latter display 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.

The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east-west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.

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The White House
20 November 2012
During his visit to Bangkok, President Obama and Secretary Clinton viewed the Vihan of the Reclining Buddha while touring the Wat Pho Royal Monastery.
Harry
25 June 2016
Reclining Budha statue is huge and very beautiful. It is open 8:30am to 6:30pm every day. Tuktuk guys cheat people by taking to back gate and say it's closed until 1:30pm. Don't trust them.
Jesse Johnston
9 April 2015
Easily the most interesting and one of the largest temples in Bangkok. I highly recommend you visit soon after opening to avoid the crowds, and dress appropriately (no exposed knees or shoulders).
Kris Adrianto
26 September 2014
admission fee is 100B. Don't lose your ticket, you can get free cold drink water by showing your ticket inside. You have to dress properly to go inside the building of the reclining Buddha
Tasnime
14 August 2018
One of the best temples. No need to buy any long garnement- can be borrowed from staff before entering the main shrine. Do explore beyond the main building!
Andrea WeRockTour
1 March 2015
You must to see this temple in Bkk, wifi is free. Don't wast your time to pay an expensive price to get a Thai Massage at the school. In Bkk you usual find this massage for a reasonable price.
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