In Pictures: Wat Pho, Bangkok


Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It is also the birthplace of Thai traditional massage. Located only 10 minutes walk from the Grand Palace, mostย visitors would visit Wat Pho as well, and is mainly to admire the Reclining Buddha. If one is awestruck by the grandeur of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, then the experience is also mind-blowing at Wat Pho.

The temple is open daily from 8.30am till 6.30pm and the entrance fee is THB100.

The Reclining Buddha is about 160 feet in length and is made of solid gold.

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The feet of Buddha is inlaid with mother-of-pearls indicating 108 auspicious symbols (or characteristics) of Buddha. Why 108? The number refers to 108 positive actions and symbols that helped lead Buddha to perfection.

wat pho bangkok buddha feet sole mother of pearls

Because the main highlight of Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha, most visitors particularly those on group tours do not spend more time to admire the other images of Buddha within the temple premises. Wat Pho is home to approximately 1,000 Buddha images!

wat pho bangkok buddha altar

wat pho bangkok row of buddhas

wat pho bangkok row of buddhas another angle

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    1. Oh yes the Reclining Buddha statue is so huge, everyone is trying to get the right angle for photos. There are a lot of tourists there, as long as you’re patient, you can get the perfect picture ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. This has brought back memories Kat – so thanks. I spent quite a bit of time in Bangkok and have been to Wat Pho a couple of times. It’s a beautiful Buddha and temple. I didn’t know about the 108 symbols. Very interesting! #mondayescapes

    1. Thanks, glad you like it…Bangkok is so close to Malaysia and yet it was only last year that I actually spent time to visit these temples. Wat Pho is incredible with all that gold ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Its seem like golden temple in Amritsar but It’s not true that is temple of god Buddha. I’ve to add also that my mom used to say about god Buddha when I was in eight standard now I read on a daily basis about god Buddha even I have been devotee now & special thanks to you for the great post. I’ll be visiting one day there!!!

    1. Hi Seema, glad that you like the post and the images. Have you checked out my post on Amritsar? I visited back in 2010. You can go to my homepage and click on India and then Amritsar. There are a couple of posts and photo challenges under the same theme.
      Thanks for following my blog too.

      Cheers,Kat.

    1. Hi Rashmi,

      Oh what a coincidence, you are living in Aurangabad! Yes I will be there on 30 Sept & 1 Oct, and would like to meet you too ๐Ÿ™‚
      Let me email to you shortly…

      Cheers,
      Kat

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