Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha is the oldest and largest royal temples in Bangkok, Thailand. The compound is incredibly beautiful and i couldn’t help but feel so tiny in its presence. A bottle of chilled mineral water + comfy shoes and elephants would be perfect for a leisurely stroll. Wat Pho is highly raved about and #1 activity to do for anyone visiting. Below are its 3 main highlights:
- Reclining Buddha
- Thai Massage School
- Over 1,000 collection of buddha statues
The reclining buddha measures over 46-metres in length and 15-metres in height. It is the largest buddha statue in Thailand and considered older than Bangkok itself. Also, the temple houses the famous thai massage school which is a center for meditation and massage training. It was under King Rama III that Thai massage was preserved – an ancient medical practice comprising of Ayurvedic methodology and acupuncture. At the ordination hall, you can find rows of seated buddha statues neatly placed and adorned with gold. Continue further down and find the main alter that houses a large buddha made with gold and crystal. This is a tranquil place where some meditate and find peace. The air feels light and fresh, I found myself sitting here for a good 30 minutes as my thoughts and troubles floated away.
Located behind the Grand Palace, you can get here by boat from the Chao Phraya River and alight at Tha Thien Pier. It’s a short walk to Wat Pho after crossing the intersection.
Address:2 Sanamchai Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
Entrance fee: 100 Baht for foreigners
Next up, Wat Arun is just across the river.