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, most 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.
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.
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!