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Wat Pho, popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn in Thai), is the largest temple of Bangkok, and probably the oldest too, predating the founding of the capital by almost 200 years. The temple as seen today belongs to the late 18th century, right after the founding of Rattanakosin when King Rama I almost completely rebuilt the complex. Another major revamp took place in 1832, when in the reign of King Rama III new chapels were added and walls and pillars were decorated with inscriptions on traditional medicine. The complex has 99 chedis covered in colorful ceramic tiles, some of which contain relics of the Buddha and ashes of the deceased members royal family. The southern compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence.

Wat Pho is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, more than any other temple in Thailand. The gigantic 46 metre-long and 15 metre-high Reclining Buddha Phra Buddhasaiyas with a brick core and gold leaf finish is the largest reclining Buddha image in the world. The soles of the feet of the Buddha are 3 metre high and 4.5 metre long, inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which the Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories. Around the reclining Buddha are 108 bronze bowls indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. Visitors donate coins into the bowls for good luck.

The temple is considered as Thailand's earliest massage school and first public university, teaching religion, science and literature through murals and sculptures. A centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, it established a school for traditional medicine and massage in 1962. This is one of the best places to enjoy a rejuvenating massage.

About Wat Pho

 248 Thanon Thai Wang, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10

 Nearest Transit: MRT Hua Lamphong Station (Lines: Blue)

 +66 2 225 9595


Wat Pho and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Grand Palace

Grand Palace(0.3 km)
A must-see attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace complex has the royal residence and the venerated Temple of the Emerald Buddha, apart from throne halls and government offices.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun(0.9 km)
Wat Arun, often called the Temple of Dawn, is located on the other side of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi, you can find more information in that district article.

Wat Intharawihan

Wat Intharawihan(2.4 km)
This temple is known for the so-called Standing Buddha or Big Buddha (Luang Pho To), a 32-metre-tall golden Buddha image.

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall(1.5 km)
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall explores the history of Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok's royal city where the Grand Palace, Wat Po and National Museum are located.

Wat Ratchabophit

Wat Ratchabophit(0.5 km)
Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was created to keep up with the tradition that each newly-appointed monarch erected a temple to mark his reign.

Memorial Bridge

Memorial Bridge(1 km)

Wat Suwannaram

Wat Suwannaram(2.6 km)
This is a big royal temple on the banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal.

Bank of Thailand Museum

Bank of Thailand Museum(3.5 km)
The museum building is in the Bang Khum Phrom Palace, a former royal residence of HRH Prince Boriphat Sukhumphan, the 33rd son of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn).

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