Wat Pho

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Walter Lim

Wat Pho is an extremely impressive massive complex and is the sight not to be missed while in Bangkok. It has many claims to fame including Thailand’s biggest collection of Buddha images and the city’s largest reclining Buddha at a whopping 46m long! It’s why the temple sometimes referred to as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The huge Buddha has a brick core covered in plaster and gilded in gold, the result is jaw-dropping. It’s housed in an impressive hall which gives has a big impact when you walk through the doors into the hall. It’s well recommended to wonder round the rest of the complex to see the impressive Buddha images, the amazingly ornate colourful ceramics, statues and murals. The Ordination Hall is particularly beautiful. The original wat was built in the 1600’s, but most of the complex was assembled in the 1800’s by King Rama I. The grounds are also home to a famous Thai massage school and there are pavilions within the grounds where you can get a proper Thai massage. It may be a little more expensive than elsewhere, but the timing may be perfect after a long day of walking! *DRESS CODE* - To enter the Reclining Buddha all and ordination hall your knees and shoulders need to be covered. It’s respectful to follow this dress code for any temple. If you’re not meeting the dress code, you can hire a sarong to cover up before entering. To get here you can get the Chao Phraya Express Boat and get off at Tha Tien (N8). Then just walk down the alley to the street and keep going straight, the entrance is just on your right. It’s just a few mins walk south of the Grand Palace. Entrance: 100B, open 8:30am-6:30pm Address: Maharat Rd, Bangkok

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