Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex located in Bangkok’s Old City on Rattanakosin Island just south of the Grand Palace. The complex has the largest collection of Buddha statues in Thailand with the massive reclining Buddha as the big attraction.
The temple is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples in Thailand and was featured in world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisors Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016. This place is the real deal!
The Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, making it one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.
Covered in gold leaf, it’s a bloody impressive statue!
The feet, which are inlaid with mother-of-pearl, are 4½ meters long and 3 meters high. Unfortunately, there was a protection grid blocking the view from this angle.
There are 108 bronze bowls along the length of the reclining Buddha representing the 108 characters of Buddha. My wife and I dropped coins in these bowls as it’s believed to bring good luck.
Two chedis (stupas) of smaller size outside Phra Rabiang cloister. This double cloister contains 400 Buddha statues selected by King Rama I in the late 1700s.
Buddha statues at Phra Rabiang cloister.
There is a total of 71 smaller chedis outside the cloister called Phra Chedi Rai which contain the ashes of the royal family.
Phra Ubosot, dedicated in 1791, is the most sacred building of the complex – used for performing Buddhist rituals.
Wat Pho as viewed from a side street in Bangkok’s Old City, a stone throw distance from our hotel.
Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:30
Entrance fee: 100 Baht (free entry for children under the height of 120 cm)