"The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (2 photos)" Wat Pho Tip by nicolaitan

Wat Pho, Bangkok: 234 reviews and 502 photos


Wat Pho is the largest temple in Bangkok as well as the oldest, occupying 20 acres adjacent the Grand Palace. It was built by King Rama I beginning approximately 1793. The temple was enlarged by King Rama III beginning in 1839 to serve not only a religious function but also as a major university. Painting, statues, and engraved inscriptions were intended to educate the Thai people on literature, science, warfare, and also traditional thai massage. The wall inscriptions are the oldest writings on the practise of traditional massage today as earlier writings were destroyed during the destruction ot the Ayyuthya by Burmese invaders. The temple remains a center for traditional Thai medical education and practise as well as massage. The complex houses the largest collection of Buddhas in Thailand, more than 700. Approximately 400 of these statues are arranged around the main temple. The adjacent images include some of them.

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: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 13, 2006
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