Wat Pho Buddha: The Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of the most attractive temples in Bangkok. Every year tourists and believers alike visit this temple just south of the Grand Palace in the city of Bangkok. Here is where the Reclining Buddha is housed. Wat Pho Temple is one of six first class or Royal temples. Wat Pho is also the oldest and largest temple compound in Bangkok. There are over 1,000 Buddha images within the Temple walls. Most of these came from abandoned temples by the direction of King Rama I.
Wat Pho Temple is famous for the humongous gold-plated image of Phra Phuttha Saiyat or the famous reclining Buddha. The statue was built during the reign of King Rama III. It is believed that the image depicts the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana after his death. His feet, which measure 150 feet in length, have 108 Mother of Pearl gems. This is a reminder of the 108 characteristics of the Buddha. Near the image of Phra Phuttha Saiyat are 108 bronze bowls. People believe that donating coins in the bowls will bring good fortune.
There is a small garden near to where the Phra Phuttha Saiyat is housed. With-in the garden is a Bodhi tree from the Bodhgaya in India. This was the place where the Buddha is believed by his followers to have reached enlightenment.
Wat Pho Temple is in the Old Rattanakosin area on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is next to the Grand Place. The most direct way to arrive is by the express river boat. From the pier it is a short walk and impossible to get turned around.
The Wat Pho Temple compound is open daily from 8 am until 5 pm. It is closed from 12 noon till 1 pm for lunch. Entrance fee is 50 Thai Baht per person.
On your next visit to Bangkok, take time to visit the Wat Pho Temple, and the other temples in the area. The architecture is amazing. Make today the day you book your Thailand vacation. Adventure is waiting in Thailand.