Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a particularly ancient temple in Bangkok. The temple is located next to the south side of the Grand Palace. A stroll through the temple shows how each building is expertly crafted. The towering stupa, the red-roofed temple, and the temple with a red, green, and gold Thai-style curving roof are amazing. The temple is famous for two reasons. One is the large reclining Buddha on the altar in the temple. The iron-cast statue is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The statue is gilded and adorned with gems, and almost occupies all of the space in the Great Hall. The other reason why the temple is famous is because you can enjoy an authentic traditional Thai massage here.
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Wat Pho is the oldest and one of the most beautiful temple complexes in Bangkok. Wat Pho is mostly famous for its giant Reclining Buddha which is 15 meters in height and 46 meters in length, covered in gold leaf. Pay special attention to the bottoms of Buddha’s feet, they are covered in thousands of embedded mother-of-pearls. It is extremely impressive. It was hard to take a good picture because the Buddha is too big)
I also recommend to take a look around the rest of the temple where you will find long lines of golden statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position and many other interesting things.
A strict dress code applies - basically, visitors are always expected to dress appropriately at temples and state buildings throughout Thailand. Sleeveless shirts, torn shirts, very short blouses, spaghetti-strap blouses, see-through clothes, skin-tight pants, shorts three quarter length pants, and culottes are PROHIBITED.
In my opinion it is an absolute must visit while you’re in Bangkok. You won’t ever see something like this again in your lifetime.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located just behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is a must-see for everyone visiting Bangkok for the first time. It's one of the city's greatest temple complexes, and it's known for its 46-meter-long gold-leaf-covered reclining Buddha.
It's a 10-minute walk from here to the Grand Palace, and we recommend visiting Wat Pho second since, while the golden Buddha is equally famous, many visitors don't take the time to explore the remainder of the complex, allowing for a more relaxed experience. A traditional Thai massage can also be obtained at Wat Pho. Never ever skip this awemazing place when you’re in Bangkok.
Your trip to Bangkok’s old town will not be completed without a visit to Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Bhudda, built on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the 16th century; Wat Pho is probably the most well-known temple in Bangkok.
It’s well worth having a look around the entire temple compound. Wat Pho’s chapels and stupas feature thousands more Buddha images and golden statues, in addition to many Chinese sculptures. Wat Pho is also a great place to experience a traditional Thai massage. Indeed, the temple is site of one of the country’s top schools for massage therapy and other traditional Thai healing practices.
Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan (วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร), or the former name Wat Pho(วัดโพธิ์)
Located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace.
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