The Wat Pho in Bangkok is located south of the Grand Palace. It’s known as The Temple of Reclining Buddha as it houses the gigantic statue of the Sleeping Buddha. It’s the oldest and the largest Buddhist temple complex in the city as it contains thousands of Buddha images that were taken from abandoned temples in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai by order of King Rama I. It’s also considered as one of the most attractive and most visited temples in Bangkok.
I have learned from our guide that Wat Pho was the first public university in Thailand that was specializing in religion, science and literature. Also, in 1955, a school for traditional medicine and massage was established there.
This enormous gold plated Reclining Buddha represents ill health and end of life. It’s highly ornate. It is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The soles of the Buddha’s feet are 5 meters long and 3 meters high. That made me feel so little standing before this massive, massive figure. Conspicuously, the wall paintings are amazing too. Also, the statue is surrounded with Buddhist and Thai symbols.
It truly is impressive to see this place as we took a couple of hours walking around the complex. The temple and its surrounding were absolutely incredible! It is a busy place, so there is no time to relax and reflect, but definitely worth a visit.
Little Lilly travel tip:
- Wear decent clothes as you visit the temple.
- There are guides offering their services at the entrance and we’re glad we had hired one.
- I think visiting the temple on the weekdays is better than on the weekends.
- It offers traditional Thai massage, you may fancy trying it after the tour.
- Beware of scams near the temple.