Wat Pho

Wat Pho (Thai: วัดโพธิ์, IPA: [wát pʰoː]), also spelt Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok [1]. The official name of the temple is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, but many also refer to it as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It resides on an area of 20 acres to the south of the Grand Palace, with Thai Wang road in the north, Sanam Chai road in the east, Setthakan road in the south and Maharat road in the west. Separated by a tall white wall on Chetuphon road, the monastery has two main quarters: the sacred or a chapel section, Buddhavas, and the residential or the monk’s living section, Sangghavas [2]

It is one of the largest temples in the city and is famous for the forty-six metre long, gold leaf covered, reclining Buddha. The Buddha’s feet are 5 metres long and decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations. Unfortunately they were undergoing restoration work during our visit and we never go to see them properly.

Dress code for visiting Wat Pho is very important. Shirts with sleeves are required (no singlets) as well as long pants. Short skirts are unacceptable and shoes should have closed in toes whilst walking around the grounds. The temples will require you to go barefoot – or in your socks 🙂 and if you are not dressed appropriately, shawls are available on site.

Many tourists flock to Wat Pho for its grandeur and its serenity. Even with the hordes of people and the occasionally loud tour guide, Wat Pho is a peaceful experience. More info ion Wat Pho to come.

[1] Wikipdeia – Wat Pho – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Pho Accessed 8th November 2015

[2] History of Wat Pho – http://www.watpho.com/history_of_watpho.php Accessed 8th November 2015

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