Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, also known as Wat Pho, Wat Po or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
This Buddhist temple is probably the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok. It is believed to be the home of more Buddha statues than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand.
Wat Pho on Chetuphon Road, Bangkok, Thailand, was built as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with work beginning in 1788. It was restored again and extensively extended during the reign of King Rama III; Jessadabodindra Phra Nangklao Chao Yu Hua / Chetsadabodin Phra Nang Klao Chao Yu Hua (1824-51), and restored again in 1982.
The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha can be found; the largest Buddha image in Thailand, Phra Buddhasaiyas. Created as part of Rama III's restoration, the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, covered in many layers of gold leaf and decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The bottoms of the Buddha's feet are intricately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in the Chinese and Indian style.
The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.
Wat Pho is the largest and probably the oldest wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, supposed to be more than any other temple in Thailand.
Generally open daily 08.00 to 17.00
Entrance charge applies.
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