One of the best temples that I visited in Bangkok is the Wat Pho or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. I really enjoyed my visit in this temple and would love to be back again. The place is so big that you need good amount of time to fully appreciate what is inside. Since I joined a group tour, we were only there for a few hours and had to leave at a specific time.
When I joined the city tour and visited various temples, Wat Pho must be the most elegant and most attractive of them all. Also, Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok, it consists of more than 1,000 Buddha images. Most of the images were brought over from abandoned temples in places as Ayutthaya and Sukhothai by order of King Rama I.
The main reason of visiting Wat Pho for most people is the Reclining Buddha.It is 15 metres tall and 46 metres long. It is so big that you feel like it has been squeezed into the building. Although the Buddha is sometimes referred to as the lying Buddha or the sleeping Buddha, the Reclining Buddha shows the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana after death.
Before you enter, you will have to take your shoes off, and if you would like a little good luck, you may also purchase a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall which you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the walls. They say that by dropping the coins, your wishes will come true. Also, the money goes towards helping the monks to renovate and preserve Wat Pho. As this is a revered image, all visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee.
After seeing the Reclining Buddha, please enjoy the entire complex. This is so huge that you’d find really interesting places and stuff. For those who love photography, this is the perfect place for us to capture really nice images.
While walking around the temple we met some monks and asked them to have a photo taken with me. I was glad that they agreed to have a photo op. 🙂 I used to only see monks on tv or in the movies.
While walking around the complex, I found another important Buddha in Wat Pho – Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn, inside the temple you will see a magnificent image displaying the Buddha seated on a richly decorated pedestal, under which some of the ashes of King Rama I are buried.
The Wat Pho is a must to the first time travellers in Thailand. This is one of those places that you won’t regret visiting. When I was young, my mom used to work in Thailand and I always dreamt of going to Thailand to see the temples and Buddhas in real life. This post proves that dreams do come true. All you have to do is study, work hard, save and travel. 🙂 It pays to give your heart in everything you do, and you will be rewarded accordingly.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha
Joining the group tour made me meet new friends. If you are travelling alone, with a friend or group of friends, with your loved ones or anyone, I highly recommend that you still join a group tour. Meeting new people in every travel is very rewarding.
Wat Pho Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00 (Massage available until 18:00)
Location: Maharat Road. Close to the river (about a half mile south of the Grand Palace), Old City (Rattanakosin)
Price Range: The entrance fee is 100 baht