Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 to 17.00
Alternative Names: Wat Phra Chetuphon, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Po
Established: 16th century; 1788 CE (re-establishment)
Address: 2 Thanon Sanam Chai, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
District: Phra Nakhon
Nearby Attractions: Wat Phra Khaew, Suan Saranrom Park, Wat Ratchabophit, Tha Tian Market, Museum Siam, Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram, Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
This large and extensive temple neighbours the Grand Palace enclave on Thai Wang Road and contains a gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha some 46 meters long and 15 meters high with Inlaid mother of pearl soles.
The temple is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’.
9 Wonders of Wat Pho
Phra Buddhasaiyas (Viharn Phranorn)
The building is constructed for containing the important Buddha image, the Reclining Buddha of the reign of King Rama III. This is the largest and most beautiful piece of fine arts of a Buddha image in a reclining position found in Thailand. The mother-of-pearl inlay at the feet of the image is of the Thai-Chinese style, as indicated by 108 auspisious signs portraying natural scenes of both Indian.
The Pavilion is the library of the Thai traditional massage inscriptions. There are also inscriptions of the first Thai proverbs, Thai literature, and portrait of the Royal Kathin Procession.
Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn
Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, a group of four huge pagodas surrounded by a white wall with Thai-Chinese style sheltered gates decorated with colour-glazed tiles and Chinese rockery guardians. The pagodas consist of Phra Maha Chedi Sri Sanpstdayarn (A) Phra Maha Chedi Dilok Dhammakaroknitarn (B) Phra Maha Chedi Muni Batborikharn (C) Phrn Maha Chedi Song Phra Srisuriyothai (D).
The Legend of Songkran
Nang Songkran is the story involving Κing Kabilaprom and Prince Thammaban which is shown on the inner walls of the porticos in the reign of King Rama III.
The World Heritage Inscriptions
Wat Pho and the Fine Arts Department have cooperated together to establish a museum of Buddha images of different art styles. The images are classifield into 3 major categories including Buddhist Art, the Buddha’s Marks and the Buddha’s Attitudes. Wat Pho has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World (MOW) Programme for 2009. The temple was recognised for the historic inscriptions and hermit statues teaching traditional Thai yoga housed inside it.
Wat Pho Giants
The outer side of Phra Mondob was decorated with Thai proverbs called Kloang Lokaniti which were famous as the Wat Pho Giants in the fight with the Wat Jaang Giants.
Sala Karn Parien
Sala Karn Parien was built in the Ayutthaya period as the main chapel of Wat Phodharam and was later restored in the reign of King Rama III. The principal Buddha image of Wat Phodharam named Phra Buddha Sassada was once enshrined here.
Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn
The main chapel was constructed in the reign of King Rama I in the Ayutthaya style. The principal Buddha image is Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn in the gesture of a seated Buddha on a three tiered pedestal called Phra Pane Smardhi.
Contoned Hermit Mount
Contorted Hermit Mount was built during the reign of King Rama I, it was the centre of medical science and knowledge from the Ayutthaya period, reflected by statues of hermits or Rishi practicing physical exercises.