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Wat Pho Reclining Buddha
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Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn
วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลาราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร

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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The highlight for most people visiting Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The figures here are impressive: 15 metres tall, 46 metres long, so large it feels like it has been squeezed into the building. The Buddha's feet are 5 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious 'laksanas' (characteristics) of the Buddha. 108 is a significant number, referring to the 108 positive actions and symbols that helped lead Buddha to perfection. You’ll need to take your shoes off to enter, and if you would like a little good luck, we recommend purchasing a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall which you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the walls. Dropping the small pennies in makes a nice ringing sound and even if your wishes don’t come true, the money goes towards helping the monks renovate and preserve Wat Pho. As this is a revered image, all visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee.


The correct title: 
Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn
Is shortened to Wat Pho or (Po is thai for Bodhi tree) where Buddha sat and attained enlightenment


The Bodhi Tree (Sanskrit: बोधि), also known as Bo (from Sinhalese: Bo), "peepal tree", or "arasa maram" (Tamil:அரசமரம்)(Devanagari: पीपल क पेड़), was a large and ancient sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa located in Bodh GayaBihar, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi. In religious iconography, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed.

The term "Bodhi Tree" is also widely applied to existing trees, particularly the sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) growing at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, which is often cited as a direct descendant of the original specimen planted in 288 BCE. This tree is a frequent destination for pilgrims, being the most important of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

Other holy bodhi trees which have a great significance in the history of Buddhism are the Anandabodhi tree in Sravasti and the Bodhi tree in AnuradhapuraSri Lanka. Both are believed to have been propagated from the original Bodhi Tree.

In Buddhism, enlightenment (called bodhi in Indian Buddhism, or satori in Zen Buddhism) is when a Buddhist finds the truth about life and stops being reborn because he has reached Nirvana and once you get to Nirvana you are not born again. Buddhists believe a person can become enlightened by following the Middle Way.


A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha lying down and is a major iconographic and statuary pattern of Buddhism. It represents the historical Buddha during his last illness, about to enter the parinirvana. He is lying on his right side, his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand. After the Buddha's death, his followers decide to build a statue of him lying down. They first built the reclining Buddha inside the Wat Pho Temple then, decades later, they started making the sculpture everywhere in South East Asia.  More on reclining Buddha image



Things to see

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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