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Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing.


Wat Pho was built as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam. It was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III (1824-51), and restored again in 1982.
Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Even prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions.


Wat Pho is the largest and oldest Wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country.


It also shelters the largest Buddha image in Thailand: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). Created as part of Rama III's restoration (1824-51), the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. His body is covered in gold plating.



Like any other monument in Bangkok Wat Pho is maintained to the point of being clinically neat, spick and span, no dirt or plastic, or paper cups anywhere and scrupulously clean. It is such a joy to see a place of worship so neat and clean. As per the requirement in places of worship in Bangkok there is a strict dress code and men and women are required to dress appropriately. If necessary one can purchase the appropriate attire from the shops nearby.


A beautiful place that infuses divinity in front of the gigantic statue of the reclining Buddha - the Wat Pho is a must see place in Bangkok.


Enjoy the picture,


Shankar Adisesh
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