Travel Guide to Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho or  Wat Phra Chetuphon, or also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is an ancient Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand. When you look for images online about Thailand, this place is most likely the first images to pop up. It is one of the oldest and has existed even before King Rama I established Bangkok as the capital. It went more constructions when the king decided he wanted to make it even bigger. The temple is located just right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and it is a highly recommended destination for first-time visitors in Bangkok, Thailand. Inside the temple is the famed giant reclining Buddha that is 46 meters long. It is also covered in gold leaf. If you are coming from the Grand Palace, you can visit the Wat Pho in an easy 20-minute walk.

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

The main attraction that people want to view in the grand ancient complex is the Reclining Buddha. The complex and the buddha is like a gigantic art. It is 15 meters tall and 46 meters long. The figure is so large to the public that it feels like it is being cramped to fit inside the building.

The Buddha’s feet inside the Wat Phra Chetuphon is exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl art illustrations of the Buddha. When you enter to view, you need to take off your shoes. You should also wear appropriate clothing.

How to get there

From your hotel, the most exciting way to get there is to get by a river taxi. Boat tours, even private ones, are inexpensive and it also allows you to avoid city traffic. Moreover, it has good reviews. Check out with your hotel for other transportation tours options.

Other highlights in Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Booking city tours from your hotel are possible if you want to have a private tours around the attractions. Since this is near the Grand Palace and other attractions in the city, you will have enough time to explore it. It is also near the river where you are free to marvel at the sights.

When you visit Wat Pho, it is also worth taking a look around the area. If you read the reviews on tours. you will find great food spots and river walkways that are free to roam for the public. In fact, you can find many Thai food stalls near the area. There are also statues and art in the courtyards that are worth checking out. Look for reviews online to know what other highlights to check out in the area.