Wat Pho (Thai: วัดโพธิ์, pronounced [wát pʰōː] (listen)), also spelled Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is on Rattanakosin Island, directly south of the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร; pronounced [wát pʰráʔ tɕʰê:t.tù.pʰon wíʔ.mon.maŋ.kʰlaː.raːm râːt.tɕʰá.wɔː.ráʔ.má.hǎː.wíʔ.hǎːn]). The more commonly known name, Wat Pho, is a contraction of its older name, Wat Photaram (Thai: วัดโพธาราม; RTGS: Wat Photharam).
The temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site. It became his main temple and is where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.
Avadhesh Agarwal | Jan 9, 2018
Visited the temple on a day trip, very busy area. To get into the temple is a long wait, the line to get your tickets takes forever as there is truly no line system in place. There is signs everywhere about pick pockets which makes you very nervous. After purchasing your tickets, you walk around all the interesting areas. To enter the Temple you have to remove your shoes. It is insanely humid and hot in the temple, i recommend you have plenty of water with you. Also you must be properly covered, no shorts allowed. The architectural beauty of this place will have you in awe, simply amazing. The Reclining Buddha stretches the full length of the temple. As you enter and walk around the back, you have the opportunity of viewing the full body. A must see if you are in the area.
Zen Lam | Feb 24, 2018
Most Thai call this temple Wat Pho or Wat Po. It's a huge complex of temples. Wear slipper which are easier to take off as no footwear is allow inside the temple and altar. Best to wear top with sleeves and bottom that cover your knees if not you have to borrow a scarf or sarong to cover them. These are provided free of charge outside the temple. It can get really crowded thus keep your calm and drink more water to hydrate.
A McM | Dec 11, 2017
Truly incredible. An absolute must-see if you're in Bangkok. It's probably worth taking a tour for proper information on what you're looking at, I would've been pretty lost otherwise. To be honest I'm not sure what the admission was but the cultural learning experience was enough for a 5 star rating, as were the breathtaking structures. I was fortunate enough to go during a full moon so there was some extra action. Got some awesome audio of monks chanting. Wear easily removable shoes. Free bottle of water with admission!
Luigi Verdi | Mar 2, 2018
Home of the Reclining Buddha, this temple complex has a quite relaxed atmosphere which gives you a break from noisy Bangkok. Good details for pictures and less crowded. Entrance fee is 100bath plus you get water dispensers all around the temple.
Sanjay Dhani | Dec 4, 2017
Beautiful temple for stunning photos. Wear comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot. Make sure that you visit in the morning when not so hot. There is a great variety of street food outside. I found it very useful to have a knowledgeable guide to explain the significance of small things that a foreigner would usually miss.
Erik Buchholz | Mar 13, 2018
My favourite sight in Bangkok. Heaps better than the Royal Palace. There are still many people, but more like a regular tourist sight and completely overcrowded. The main Buddha statue is incredible, everyone should have seen it when in Bangkok. I also enjoyed the main temple which is not too loud despite the many visitors. I did the guided tour which was very nice. The guide spoke decent English and showed me the main spots within the huge area. And with only 300Bath it's not too pricey. In addition, they offer a massage service which was quite busy when I was there ans a fortune teller which is expensive with 600Bath but fun if you are into those kind of things.
Tarakorn Angpubate | Mar 29, 2018
I grew up around this temple since I was young. The temple are very old and have lots of historical stories e.g. It is the first school for traditional Thai massage. The temple are well managed and maintained in a very good condition. One of the MUST visit temple in Bangkok.
jay shah | Mar 30, 2018
The Buddha statue is huge and really beautiful. You will fill being tiny in front of it. The hall is less lighted and has many pillars. So not many places where you can get pictures. And there are likes to take pictures at right places. The entrance fee for foreigners is 100 BHT and they also give one small water bottle.
Antonia Venning | Mar 26, 2018
Historic and beautiful temple complex. Visit in the afternoon and catch the sun setting between the buildings - utter bliss. It's also a little quieter around this time. There are free robes to borrow if you need to cover up, just at the entrance to the reclining Buddha (after you have paid at the entrance). They are bright green but it saves you having to buy something from the stalls outside. Entry is 100 baht per person, which includes a free bottle of water. It's very easy to wander around and explore the different areas - less hectic than the Grand Palace and with lots to offer. Toilets are ok (no loo roll) and free.
Nikola Dušková | Apr 12, 2018
It was breathtaking complex for me! I don't have more words only some information. The statue is 15 meters high, 46 meters long and is one of the largest Buddha statue in Thailand. The image of the reclining Buddha represents the entrace of the Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations.
Pritul Sanghavi | Feb 2, 2018
A great temple. Everything is organized well. The entry fee is 100 bahts only which includes a free bottle of water. Women need to be dressed properly. The statues are just amazing. There is some sense of peace in this place. Didn't try the message but I hear it's real good. The souvinier shop is just basic and you get most of the stuff outside. Since you need to remove your shoes frequently, would suggest you wear something comfortable to come on and off.
Shawn McGuire | Jun 1, 2018
COOLEST BUDDHA IN THE BEST PART OF TOWN. I did a review on this part of town (Yodpiman Riverwalk). Exceptional area. This Wat is world famous for obvious reasons and the admission fee proves it (100 Baht) about 3 dollars U.S. You'll see people here crying. It really is that beautiful. If you visit, this is the area I recommend for reasons explained in the other review. Your ticket is good for all day here at the Wat and you may wish to wander around the grounds. This is truly a fabulous place. It deserves 6 stars, but they won't let me give it that many. Loads of photographs are attached.
Reka Krishnan | Jun 3, 2018
Amazing place. Expect to spend a couple of hours here if you enjoy the rich culture and artistic temple workmanship. Reclining buddha was beyond amazing and it's a must to see this temple. It's 100b for entry and you receive a small bottle of cold water. Thumbs up!
sheng qiang Teo | Jun 3, 2018
the Reclining Buddha is worth the visit. it is one of the biggest that i have seen. The temple offers guided tour as well. by the way there is a entrance fee, and they provide bottled mineral water. please be properly dress when visiting the temple.
Ammar Razzaq | Jul 6, 2018
This was my favorite sight in Bangkok, perhaps even more than the Grand Palace. This place is regarded as the most sacred temple in Thailand. It is truly fascinating to see the stunning detail in this temple. The Emerald Buddha is remarkable and certainly worth the visit to see. There are a number of fortune tellers outside, I received mostly positive fortunes, which is indeed a delight.
Neharika Sethi Mehra | Jun 30, 2018
My mom and I enjoyed the whole trip to Wat Phra. The temple itself is grand and the reclining budha statue leaves you in awe. They also had another place where the monks were changing the prayers. It was a beautiful experience. The temple who is beautiful and rich in heritage that it leaves you in awe. Every corner leaves you surprised with the fact that thai have so well maintained their places of pilgrimage. They also provide one bottle of drinking water and bags to keep your shoes. There's a souvenir shop and a massage parlour too. Make sure you dress appropriately before going.
Luke Armstrong | Jun 15, 2018
The tourists here are somehow even more horrifying than at the Grand Palace. Saw a man take his shoes and socks off, stretch his wretched, crusty feet across the entire bench (you aren't allowed to sit on the stairs, so this was a pretty inconsiderate move) and pick his toenails. Several others had their shirts lifted above their hefty, glistening guts -- legs splayed outward -- fanning them with pamphlets from the sacred site. Try to go as early as possible to miss the heat and the mobs of tourists. The scenery is great - I loved the murals and sculptures.
Noah Liebman | Jun 22, 2018
Beautiful temples with many unique colors and designs. Also the scale of the reclining Buddha is staggering. Would definitely recommend! Also the massage school offers excellent massages.
Tanveer Masood | Jul 31, 2018
It's a beautiful temple that one should visit without fail. It's my favorite place in Bangkok. The temple can get crowded but it's worth the effort. Buddha's statue is magnificent and so is the temple. There are many restaurants nearby to enjoy Thai food. Best to visit by boat.
JAN SHAHID | Jul 23, 2018
love that place so much. I wish I would visit it again. Once I walk around the temple I feel a different spirit. When I was able to visit it I did not know much about East Asian religions or about Buddhism.
geoff | Aug 3, 2018
I'm not sure how you can review a place like this; it's utterly beautiful and stunning though. immaculately kept and open enough that you can take it at your leisure. the throngs of tourists are a downer though; be prepared for hundreds of selfie-snapping Chinese tourists in front of probably every statue and building.
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