"The Reclining Buddha @ Wat Pho" Wat Pho Tip by xuessium

Wat Pho, Bangkok: 234 reviews and 502 photos

 
 

Next door to Wat Phra Kaew/Grand Palace so you can visit both places in one day.

This is home to the Reclining Buddha. Enter the hall and you will be bedazzled by the gold reflecting off the body of the Buddha and as well from the tiles used for the base, which are made from mother-of-pearls.

A number of visitors (yours truly included) will donate some money (20 Bahts is now the standard, circa 2006) and in turn receive a bag of coins, which you would then deposit one coin at a time into alm bowls that had been placed as a perimeter around the Reclining Buddha. There is exactly enough coins for all the alm bowls and when you have finished your round (which also means you will be exiting the Hall) you would supposedly be blessed. This act is optional.

Walk through the grounds of the complex. There are many large stupas (effectively tombstones) littering the grounds. Marvel your through the many halls and galleries, guarded by figurines and statues, as well as wonderful architectural touches. Wat Pho is possibly the most Chinese-influenced of all of Bangkok's Wats.

Wat Pho is also home to the Thai Traditional Medical Science School and Body Massage. Grab a traditional Thai Massage at the school. You have a choice for cheap but non air-conned and slightly more expensive but with air-con rooms. Massage service fee 250 baht / hour. No hanky panky here. Certainly, not in a Wat!

Decent dress code for visiting places of worship applies.

Address: Tha Tien Pier, Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
Directions: Wat Pho is located on Sanam Chai Road and Maharaj Road next to the Grand Palace.
Entrance is 20B. It's open every day, opening hours are from 8am to 5pm.

Phone: (662) 225-9595
Website: http://www.watpho.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2006
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