"The Largest Reclining Buddha and other Temples" Wat Pho Tip by June.b

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by June.b
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The oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok is the Wat Pho, located beside the Grand Palace. Most of the city tours offered in Bangkok cover the whole area that comprises the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Temple of the Emeral Buddha, and the Temple of the Golden Buddha in the Ko Rattanakosin area.

If Eiffel tower is to Paris, then Wat Po is to Bangkok! Sorry, I cannot think of any other structure. The first sight to be visited upon arrival in this fascinating city. The main attraction of this Wat (temple) is the largest gold-plated reclining image of Buddha measuring 46m length X 15m in height. The 3m-long feet of the Buddha have been inlaid with mother-of-pearl representing 108 different characteristics of the Buddha.

Wat Po is home to the best institution for learning traditional Thai massage, you can enrol in one if you're interested to learn it, lasts about a week or so. Masseurs around the courtyard will be willing to give you a sample of Thai massage, we actually made an appointment for two of them to come to to us the evening for a real traditional Thai massage. Gave me a good sleep after a tiring tour of the city.... while the massage is going on. Worth it!

In Wat Po, there's more to see than the huge Reclining Buddha. The surroundings of this temple have so much interesting stuff that you have to ask your guide (if you have one), like for example, there are those 95 Chedis (decorated in chinese ceramic tiles, the pyramid version of Thailand). The four Kings ashes (Rama 1 to 4) are housed in four of these Chedis. Fascinating in rows of glass encasings are the less than 400 images of Buddha around the courtyard.

After visiting Wat Po, you should not miss the other sights around and near it - i.e. the majestic Grand Palace of course is a must-see, Wat Phra Keaow (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) & Wat Trimitr (The Temple of the Golden Buddha).

Address: Tha Tien Pier, Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
Directions: The entrance to Wat Pho is on Chetuphon road. Entrance is 20B. It's open every day, opening hours are from 08.00am to 5.00pm, with a break from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.
Phone: 02-221-991
Website: http://www.discoverthailand.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2006
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