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Wat Pho - Temple of Reclining Buddha

also known as Wat Po

The oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, located at the south side of the Grand Palace and is protected by massive walls through which only two of the 16 gates are open to the public. The first temple was built in the 16th century. The 8 hectare complex was added to by successive kings.
Historically the site was a type of university for public education and hence today we see an array of miscellaneous buildings, murals and inscriptions dealing with astrology, military defence, literature, morality, archaeology and traditional medicine. The temple compound is large and contains numerous pavilions, statues, buildings, 91 Chedi and enclosed gardens.  

Whilst the Temple of the Reclining Buddha inside the complex is a tourist favorite the larger temple to the east wall is more impressive.  Rated in "Most Popular Tours"

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Things to see at Wat Pho.
The Sheltered Gates, The Main Chapel, Phra Uposatha, The Crystal Wall, Kampaengkaew, Phra Prang, Phra Rabieng and Phra Viharn Thit, The Single Based Chedi, Phra Viharn Kod, Phra Chedi Rai, The Khao Mor, The Sala Rai, The Belfry, Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, The Temple Museum, The Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, The Scripture Hall, Phra Mondrop, The teaching Hall, Sala Karn Parien, Missakawan Park, The Crocodile Pond, The Contorted Hermit Mount, The Traditional Medical Science School, The Chinese Ballast, Pagodas, Giants and Rockeries.





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Wat Pho is located on Sanam Chai road and Maharaj road next to the Grand Palace.
Operating hour: 08:00 – 18:30  <> Admission fee: 100 Baht
Free entry for children under the height of 120 cm.(4 feet)
Tourists are appreciated to dress politely, no shorts, although trousers are permitted.


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Wat Pho (Thai: วัดโพธิ์, IPA: [wát pʰoː]), also spelt Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in Phra Nakhon districtBangkokThailand. It is located on Rattanakosin Island directly to the south of the Grand Palace.

Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร; rtgs: Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimonmangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan; IPA: [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 its older name Wat Photaram (Thai: วัดโพธาราม; rtgs: Wat Photharam).

The temple is the first in 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, and became his main temple 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 46m long Reclining Buddha. The temple is also the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and still houses a school of Thai medicine. It is known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.









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