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Wat Phra Chetuphon, popularly known as Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok that has been a significant attraction for tourists from all around the world. The temple has several Buddha statues including the famous Reclining Buddha which is 46 meters long and 15 meters above the floor. This is one of the most wonderful places in Bangkok that must be visited for its peaceful and calming ambience. The temple holds iconic history that dates back centuries which brings you even closer to the rich heritage of the city. The inscription of Wat Pho has been registered as a World Heritage Memory which consists of 1440 pages and is divided into 6 categories - Buddhism, Medicine, Literature, Directory, History and Tradition.

Apart from being a temple, Wat Pho is also known for its school for traditional medicine and massage. This school is one of the first educational centres and the first open university in Siam. Wat Pho continues to promote education by having a Pali Demonstration School for beginners. The textbook of Medicine Science is a booklet made by translating the texts from medical books that were in Pali and Sanskrit. The school has several branches now with the main goal of spreading the knowledge of training in massage and Thai traditional medicine alike. 

Things to do at Wat Pho

Visiting the Reclining Buddha

Probably the most significant attraction in Wat Pho, the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is located within the Phutthawat area. This gold-covered Buddha statue is about 46 meters long and is intricately designed with stunning features. Another interesting detail about the reclining Buddha that catches the eye of tourists is the decoration of pearls on both feet. The inscription on the feet is the 108 auspicious attributes. Tourists donate coins in metal bowls, known to be bowls of good luck, placed at the back of the statue. 

Wat Pho Massage

While visiting Wat Pho, you cannot miss the experience of getting a soothing Thai massage. Wat Pho is known for its school of Traditional Medicine and Massage. The school has improved its standard till it has been accepted at the domestic and international levels. There are two types of massages - Hermit Dutton massage and herbal compress massage. This has been the traditional method that dates back several years.

Marvel at the Temple

Wat Pho is one of a kind with a lot of breathtaking features. Some of the wonderful features include Ubosot, Phra Maha Chedi of the Four Reigns, The Legend of Wat Pho, Great Stupa, Crown Arch, Hall of Worship, Crooked Temple, Wasukri Palace, Preah Vihear and more. One can learn a lot about the history, culture and heritage of the land by visiting this temple.

Highlights of Wat Pho

  • There is no entry ticket required needed for children below 120 cm. One can purchase the tickets online.
  • One can also request a guide through the official website of Wat Pho.
  • As in any temple, one is advised to dress appropriately. No shorts are allowed inside the temple.
  • Witness the Reclining Buddha along with several Buddha statues placed here.

Timing and Entrance Fees

Wat Pho is open to the public all day a week, with the opening hours from 8 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening. This is a fixed timing that is followed. The entry fee per person to visit Wat Pho is 200 Baht (438 INR). There is no entry fee for children under 120 cm.

How to Reach Wat Pho

Wat Pho is one of the prominent attractions in Bangkok and there are several transportation facilities available for one to reach the spot. Taking a bus is the cheapest and easiest way to reach the destination. You can also take BTS Skytrain but one needs to transfer to reach the spot. There is always the option of taking on a taxi for a convenient ride. Renting a scooter or taking a Tuk Tuk are also good options.

Distance for Other Cities to Wat Pho

PlacesKilometersTravel Duration
Bueng Kum27.3 km40 mins
Bang Na24.3 km36 mins
Bang Kapi District22.5 km32 mins

Best Time to Visit Wat Pho

The ideal months for one to visit Wat Pho is between November and March when the weather aligns perfectly for one to completely enjoy the attractions. And the best time to visit Wat Pho is before 10 when you can avoid the crowds and can explore the place properly. Or one can also visit the temple during the afternoon to have a hassle-free experience.

Places to Visit Near Wat Pho

Museum Siam

While visiting Bangkok, one should make a visit to Museum Siam. Located very close to Wat Pho, Museum Siam is a museum that is intended for one to learn about the culture and history of the people of Thailand and stands as a centre of education in anthropology, ethnology and other fields related to Thai culture. Museum Siam is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

The Grand Palace

Being one of the most significant attractions in Bangkok, The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings that has been the epitome of elegant architecture of the Thai Royal Family. The grand palace has a wide range of monuments and attractions including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Hor Phra Naga is open to the public all day a week from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon.

Saranrom Palace Park

This is a public park in Bangkok that is a great destination for one to have a relaxing time. One can really enjoy a relaxing time in the presence of the greeneries and calming ambience along with the ponds and fountains that elevate the place. This park is worth the visit. The Saranrom Palace Park is open to the public all day a week, from 4:30 in the morning to 9 at night.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Since Wat Pho is a sacred place, you need to wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders like shorts above the knees are prohibited.
Wat Pho is a temple and you are required to behave politely and try to respect the practices in the temple. Shoes must be removed and placed on the shelf before entering.
The best time to visit Wat Pho is visiting it during early in the morning when the crowd is less.
Yes. You can get a massage at Wat Pho. There are different sessions available for one to choose from.
When in Bangkok, it is recommended for you to visit Wat Pho. This is a wonderful experience you must not miss.
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