Also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this 200-year-old Wat is Bangkok's largest. ... More
Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan
Also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this 200-year-old Wat is Bangkok's largest. Bursting with history, its highlight is the fantastic gold-plated reclining Buddha. At 46 meters long and 15 meters high, the Buddha is a striking figure to see and is inlaid with pearl on it's feet. Wat Pho is Thailand's oldest learning center. A respected Thai massage school operates here as well. Teaching techniques are taught to the eager, and massages are provided to the weary. Fortune tellers are known to wonder the grounds. The temple's full name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan.
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This temple is amazingly beautiful. Its great to just wander around and look at everything, there are so many different things to look at. Also, the Reclining Buddha is very cool and much bigger than it looks in pictures. Definitely fun to pay the tiny price to go in and see the buddha.
We were on a whirlwind trip to bangkok from Jan 23 to 25. A visit to wat pho was not included in our tour of the city but armed with a map of bangkok and a guidebook we took a cab and visited this temple. It was well worth the trouble. We stood there in awe of this huge reclining buddha. You have to see it to appreciate its impact. The temple grounds itself has a lot of interesting thinks to see.
Marvelous tiny pieces of colored chips of glass glued all over!!! This is something you will never see somewhere else.
If you are tired and want some serene atmosphere, go to the Wats and you'll find yourself refreshed.
...and don't miss a massage at teh Massage School somewhere at the back of Wat Po!!!!
Bangkok is always worth a visit!
Interesting and spiritual place. The reclining Buddha was remarkable. Thw offerings and culture surrounding him, even more interesting. An active monastary, you can also get a foot massage at one of the Thai Massage schools on site. We also sat it on a chanting session with the local monks (no cameras there please!).
Entering the Wat Pho precinct is like stepping back into history. After navigating the many 'toutes' outside (who try and convince you that it is closed and you would be much better off going with them to their 'brothers' shop for a bit of retail therapy!) you immediately pick up a feel for the tranquility of the place. The reclining buddha is amazing, you feel awed in this temple which is steeped in tradition. The Mother-of Pearl inlays on the feet of the Reclining Buddha are so intricate and fascinating. Wonderful massages can be had here for very reasonable prices. All in all a must to see when in Bangkok.
You hear about the reclining Buddha but you have to see this in person to really appreciate it. It's massive! You will have a hard time getting a good camera angle to fit the whole thing. This was a definite highlight of the trip.
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