When in Thailand: Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a religious site featuring the 150-feet (46-meter) reclining Buddha covered in gold. Lo and behold with Buddha's size and unique reclining position, counting it as one of the attractions in Bangkok. 

Wat Pho is actually a hop away from the Grand Palace complex and so it’s very convenient to visit this temple afterward. Unlike the Grand Palace though, we noticed that there were fewer tourists here, thus it was easier to go around and check out every site at our own phase.

There are 108 bronze bowls at the side of the reclining Buddha. One can buy a bowl of coins for 20 THB and drop a coin in each bowl. Coin dropping creates this ringing sound and doing this is said to bring good luck.
 The number of bowls represents the 108 positive actions that helped Buddha to perfection.


There are also colorful stupas with flowery design at the courtyard. Although we went here during a hot afternoon, walking around this area slightly relieved the heat. It was pretty relaxing to go around here.

After seeing the huge reclining Buddha, wait until you get to this area. It houses a collection of golden Buddha images!

The temple is also the center for medication, particularly the Thai massage. There is a massage school here that teaches and educates visitors about Thai medicine.  Thai massage services are available (but too bad I wasn’t able to try it here though due to lack of time).
Wat Pho is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Entrance ticket costs 100 THB. It is located at Maharat Road, close to the Chao Praya River and south of the Grand Palace. Since Wat Pho is a temple, proper dress code (no shoulders and knees exposed) and footwear must be removed. 




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