Information about Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok)
The Wat Pho temple architecture very similar to the Grand Palace of Bangkok, is a touristic visit more that recommended in the capital Thai as the reclining Buddha, the largest in Thailand with 43 meters long and 15 meters high, is one of the icons of the city and also the oldest in Bangkok Temple, which dates from the period of King Rama Ilong before the establishment of Bangkok as the capital of Thailand.
The Wat Pho complex, 8 hectares, is famous for the huge statue of the reclining Buddha which is inside, but what many people don't know is that Wat Pho is the place where was born the Thai first school of massage and traditional medicine, former school to the construction of the reclining statue of Buddha. Currently are classes to learn how to give massages, and visitors can also choose to be an authentic traditional Thai massage by the students of the course at much cheaper prices than in other parts of the city.
The temple Wat Pho in Bangkok and the statue of Buddha
One of the things that is striking from the Wat Pho Temple is how small that is. Wat Pho reclining Buddha statue inside occupies practically the entirety of the building, leaving space free only a Small Hall of several meters wide dotted with columns. This corridor is the only place where we can contemplate the Buddha or trying to find an angle to take a full picture of the statue.
In contrast to the altar of the Emerald Buddha, which is gold, the reclining Buddha is made of gold leaf, which provides that yellow, brilliant and suggestive. As a sacred place that is, we will find in addition to tourists, worshippers and monks presented their respects to the big Buddha of Wat Pho. To access the inside of the temple where resides the Buddha, as it has become customary in Thailand, there to shoes is, although it allows access with socks.
The reclining Buddha in Bangkok holds his head with an arm, the legs are together and the eyes of the statue of Buddha as well as the soles of the feet, are made of mother of Pearl (nacre).
The feet of the Buddha, 3 meters high and 4.5 meters wide, have recorded 108 distinct ways in which may represent Buddha, from a flower, to an elephant dancers and tigers. We also highlight all works made of lacquered wood in the interior of the temple, very visible in Windows.
The silence of this sacred place is normally interrupted by the sound of coins, as the hall is at the back of the giant statue has a row of small bowls in which to perform the ritual of alms, which consists of placing a few coins in each of these bowls after having surrounded the figure of Buddha.
Wat Pho Temple History
The temple Wat Pho receives this name because of the belief that Buddha lived in a Temple located in the India whose name was precisely Wat Pho. During the wars between Siam and Burma a huge Buddha statue which was in Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand, was destroyed, made that you led to the King Rama I to the decision to build a new and majestic Temple.
It is said that some of the ashes of the Rama dynasty lie in the complex of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok.
Affairs of the complex: the 9 Wonders of Wat Pho
The complex form of 8 hectares Wat Pho is very similar to the great temples that are part of Grand Palace in Bangkok, Especially to the area of Emerald Buddha, why is convenient to visit Wat Pho first before going to the Grand Palace.
Although most of the enclosure Wat Pho is occupied by the Temple of the reclining Buddha and the Temple Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn, the complex can divirse in 2 parts, clearly separated by a wall. The following schematic plan of Wat Pho suggests a route to visit every corner of this fascinating place of the city of Bangkok.
The 9 Wonders of Wat Pho
The temple Wat Pho has 2 records, Buddha reclining across Thailand largest and is also the temple with more statues of Buddha, more than 1000 statues scattered throughout the grounds, most of them coming from Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.
Wat Pho Chedis
One of the most striking parts of the outer courtyard of Wat Pho are structures called chedis or stupas, with amazing works of tiles and ceramics, where structure recalls to some extent to the temple Wat Arun, just on the other side of the River. There are a total of 91 chedis in the Wat Pho Temple, where the 4 largest stupas, located next to the Temple of the reclining Buddha, are dedicated to the 4 Kings of the Chakri dynasty (the Kings Rama I and Rama IV).
Alongside the chedis or stupas, where we have a sign indicating that King Rama is dedicated to each of the four giant stupas.
Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn
The rest of the exterior of the temple Wat Pho consists of several buildings built with the magic of Thai architecture peaked roofs.
In the courtyard we have a beautiful fountain simulating a mountain of rock, a tree bodhi that is said comes from a cutting of the tree of the India where Buddha footballer would sit waiting for delivery, a library, the school of massage and traditional medicine and a huge marble temple called Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn, inside have a small Buddha (compared to the large reclining Buddha) protected by a 7-ply hood.
Doors and giant statues at Wat Pho
The outer Court of the temple Wat Pho has a total of 16 Gates, guarded by a gigantic stone statues, these statues are different on each door, with what should be a ride to see a sample of them. These statues were imported from China.
Entrance fee to Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
To visit the Wat Pho Temple it is necessary to purchase entry. The price of the ticket are 100 baths (2.5€) per person. To buy the ticket will have access to the grounds of Wat Pho, access to the interior of the Temple of the reclining Buddha and also a bottle of water (redeem at a few tables near the access to the inside of the Temple).
Wat Pho tickets purchased directly at the box office that there is nothing but pass the access door. Be wary of people selling tickets on the street or in the vicinity of the box office.
Opening of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha Wat Pho
The Temple of the reclining Buddha is Open every day from the 8: 30 until 18:30.
We recommend you visit the Wat Pho Temple in the afternoon, around 16:00, the temperature is not so high as at earlier times and the influx of tourists is lower late in the afternoon. Also it is best to go to Wat Pho before you see the Grand Palace, if we make the visits in reverse order, perhaps Wat Pho we disappointed a little.
Location of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha Wat Pho is very close Grand Palace in Bangkok Street Thanon Thai Wang 248 (district Phra Nakhon). To navigate it is best to use as reference the Wat Arun Temple, which is located right in front of Wat Pho, but to the other side of the River.
Note: if any villager is close to saying that the temple Wat Pho has already closed, that that day there is a celebration and they do not allow access to tourists, or the reclining Buddha is in works, do not do case.
How to get to Wat Pho in Bangkok
To find in the heart of Bangkok, there is no stopping the skytrain nor of the metro, to move up to the Temple of the reclining Buddha in Bangkok can go by bus, taxi, tuk-tuk and boat (you have to get off at Tha Tian Express). We can basically go to the Grand Palace and walk to Wat Pho, which will be a maximum of 3 minutes walk from there.
Buses to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha Wat Pho
Most of Bangkok city buses have stops close to the Grand Palace, and therefore also of Wat Pho. The bus lines that stop in the vicinity of the temple Wat Pho of the reclining Buddha are: buses 1, 3, 9, 15, 25, 30, 32, 33, 39, 43, 44, 47, 53, 64, 80, 82, 91, 201, 203, 501, 503, 508 and 512.
The price of a bus ticket depends on the type of bus, but generally is less than 10 baths (25 euro cents). Bus ticket is bought on the bus directly paying the driver, although they do give change must be taken to bring small bills (not more than 100 baths).
Videos of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
Here you have a couple of videos like a virtual tour of the large reclining Buddha temple, where you can see the Buddha in all its glory and the gardens and grounds of Wat Pho temple in Bangkok.
The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok (Thailand)
Outdoor Patio and gardens of Wat Pho