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Wat Pho , Bangkok

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Wat Pho

Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, dating from the1500s. The big attraction at this temple is the huge, ornate statue of the reclining Buddha, which is over 45 feet tall and 120 feet long, covered with gold leaf. On the Buddha’s feet are mother-of-pearl images depicting famous scenes from Buddha’s life. This temple is as much a tourist attraction as it is a place of worship, and those bowing in front of the statue and those wielding cameras are found here in roughly equal measure. Like many places in Bangkok, Wat Pho is crowded with both tourists and locals and it is advisable to arrive either early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the worst of the crowds as well as the heat. Again, for women, scarves will be necessary to cover the shoulders, and short shorts and skirts are not permitted. [more ]

Cheapest Way Travelling to Wat Po

For me the most scenic, and cheapest way to travelling to Wat Po temple is actually to leave the tuktuk and the taxi behind.

A local friend in Thailand showed me a lovely way to get there is to take the speedy Bangkok Sky Train Monorail to the Saphan Taksin station, get out onto the exit at the riverbank. And then, get on the river boat, cruise down the river and then alight onto the dock right adjacent to the Wat Po temple:)

And with the traffic in Bangkok, definitely you'll save a lot against the taxi meter! [more ]

Amazing Reclining Buddha!

Wat Pho is the home to an amazing relic in Buddhism--the super huge reclining Buddha shimmering with golden light. It's so huge as it lays on its side that you can try your best to see it from end to end. And the soles of its feet covered with gorgeous carvings in mother-of-pearl are way taller than me!

It's housed in one of the temples inside the Wat Pho complex along the river. And it leaves you rather spellbound even after you leave.

I first visited Wat Pho with a friend who reminded me that as a lady I would need to make sure to show respect I wear a skirt when going to the temple and I wear shoes that were easy to slip off since we had to go barefoot inside. Two very practical tips that made the visit lovely. [more ]

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is a Thai temple in Bangkok, with a difference. That being that there is a Thai massage school located within the grounds of the temple complex and whether or not you wish to attend the school, a good massage is on offer regardless. I was able to enjoy a full 1 hour massage and it certainly was one of the better ones I have experienced. It seems that the masseurs are well taught. This place is quite well known and I noticed that it was busy even in spite of the fact that it is a fair way from any major tourist areas. The Wat is located near to Saphan Taksin BTS station and is easy to find as it has a large sign easily visible from the train. [more ]

Wat Poh (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Poh is without doubt one of the coolest attractions to visit in Bangkok and a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle, particularly after the crowds at the Grand Palace. The Reclining Buddha is very impressive. He measures a whopping forty-six metres long and fifteen metres high. The body and head are gold plated with his eyes and the soles of his feet covered in mother of pearl. The complex also features a massage school where it is possible to get a traditional massage. It’s expensive but this is the home of Thai massage. Remember to dress respectfully as it is a temple with practising monks living and working onsite. [more ]

Wat Pho

This is one of the biggest as well as oldest “wat” that you will find in Bangkok. This has an area of around 80,000 square meters. You will immediately notice the thousands of Buddha images that are on it. The Reclining Buddha is one of the largest single Buddha images. This is not hard to miss simply because of the gold plating on the body as well as the mother of pearl that are affixed on the Buddha’s eyes and the soles of his feet. The soles of his feet exhibits a total of 108 fortunate scenes that are portrayed in Chinese and Indian styles. [more ]

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