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Wat Pho

One of the popular temples in Bangkok for visitors has got to be Wat Pho (or Wat Po). Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it’s located in Bangkok’s old town on Rattanakosin island. As its only moments away from the Grand Palace, it’s a popular combination of sights to visit together.

Fun facts about Wat Pho:

  • It’s one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, and counts as an entire temple complex.
  • One of six first-class royal temples, Wat Pho also enshrines the ashes of King Rama I.
  • The famous reclining Buddha is a whopping 15 meters high and 46 meters long! Just the soles are 3 meters high! They are intricately carved and inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
  • The temple’s collection of Buddha images numbers at over 1000, and is also the largest in Thailand.
  • Did you know? Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Guests can experience it themselves. Classes to learn from the masters are open to locals and foreigners alike.
  • UNESCO has recognized it as Thailand’s first public university. The template murals show drawings of constellations, massage techniques and other academic information.

How to get there:

Wat Pho is only around 2 kms away from ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai. There are many ways to get there. Zipping around a traditional Tuk tuk is a popular choice, or simply taking a quick taxi ride. The adventurous can rent a bicycle for a ride around this picturesque neighborhood, or take an easy stroll.

Some key information to keep in mind:

  • Opening hours: Daily, 8 am – 6:30 pm
  • Entry fee: Free for Thai nationals, THB 200 for foreigners (as of July 2019)
  • Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

Basic temple etiquette tips

Visitors to temples in Thailand must remember to follow the strict dress code! Respect the sacredness of the space by dressing modestly. For women, this means covering the shoulders and chest area. Also, remember to wear bottoms that go past the knees. For men, long pants and shirts with sleeves are a must! Remember to leave your shoes at the designated spots before you explore. If you’re not dressed for it, visit the ever-present stalls offering cover-ups (often at a cost).

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