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Wat Pho, Bangkok

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Visit Wat Pho, one of the six main Buddhist temples in Thailand. Admire the 46 m (151 ft) long Buddha statue and its memorable pose, and explore the wide range of temple buildings displaying rich and intricate religious designs and a history dating back to the 16th century. Vital to the spiritual and architectural heritage of the city and the country at large, the site houses the largest collection of Buddha depictions in Thailand. Said to be the first public university in the nation, the temple also has an illustrious educational history and still runs courses on traditional Thai massage and medicine. To visit Wat Pho on your holiday in Bangkok, and find out what else Bangkok has to offer, use our Bangkok vacation builder.
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  • Second visit to wat pho and still enjoyed it thoroughly as a little centre of calm in bustling Bangkok Only 100 baht entry, which includes a free bottle of water. You need shoulders and knees covered ...  more »
  • The origin of Thai massage was here, the temple is beautiful with very intricate details and colours Very peaceful and quite place The 46 meters statue is a marvel in itself Just come and get immersed...  more »
  • We went to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha after visiting The Grand Palace. It's much calmer and there are less people. The Buddha itself is huge and impressive, but the most memorable part of the ...  more »
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  • To start my half day afternoon Bangkok tour, after visiting Wat Traimit, Wat Pho was next. One of the largest that houses the largest collection of Buddha images, including the famed giant reclining Buddha. Also, more than 1000 Buddha images in total. Stunning. Walked around to view the other sections as well, but the reclining Buddha was the most intriguing. Due to the big crowd turnout, I had to push my way through whole around this whole long golden Buddha.
  • Beautiful temple complex which is reflected in the number of tourists walking around so better to come early to avoid a crowd. Also be sure to dress appropriately and cover up any Buddha tattoos you might have. It has several smaller and bigger buildings of which the reclining Buddha is the most prominent. The wood carvings and ornaments are quite elaborate and a lot of gold is used. The entrance fee is a 100 Baht exact change. It is possible to rent your own personal guide here for 300 Baht.
  • Entry cost 100bath, (£2.40, COP8500). This temple is much less crowded than the Grand Palace, and still an amazing visit. It is most famous for being the home of the city’s largest reclining buddha, which is over 46 meters long and 16 meters high. I was truly stunned to see such big structure in front of me. Due to some maintenance of the feet, some of it was covered, but still pretty spectacular. This temple is also famous for holding the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. I took my time to wander around and appreciate the wonders of this breath-taking structure. I spent approximately two hours there, which I considered a good time to wander around. managed to take pretty good shots. Absolutely a recommended visit as well, and very close the Grand Palace.
  • Outstanding temple complex. Possibly the most sought after sight in Bangkok. The reclining Buddha is AWESOME. The feet are currently under refurbishment (MAR 2017) so expect scaffolding. The monk's school of massage is the BEST and safest place to get a legitimate massage in all Thailand (1hr foot-400B or 1hr full body oil-600B). Even if you must wait you'll be in the coldest AC in Bangkok-and thankful (last massage is @ 5pm). Tip your body worker at the beginning for extra effort (NOT meaning extra attention/sex!) Pay attention in all temples of dates the Buddha is redressed for the season (4xs per yr) the grounds will be open but NO access to the Buddha!
  • I loved coming here. But be respectful of the monks and the people who care for them. You must always bow to a monk. Don't wear tank tops and shorts. Don't wear flip flops. No leggings either. You wear pants or a skirt to the ankles. Respect this. Some days are super hot. Bring water. If it's super hot bring an umbrella. Be respectful of the kinds of pictures you take. You will be reprimanded by the Thai police.