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Wat Pho

Book yourself in for an energising treatment at the official school of traditional Thai massage, housed in Bangkok’s oldest temple complex.

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha – known locally as Wat Pho – is the largest and oldest of Bangkok’s temples, safeguarding spiritual and cultural riches. Not only is it the site of one of Thailand’s first public universities, it also plays guardian to a collection of over one thousand Buddha statues.

The temple grounds are divided into two walled areas. The southern compound is still a working monastery. Simply cross the road to meet the monks who live there. In the northern compound, you will find the school of medicine and the figure for which the temple is famous.

Of all the Buddha statues collected within Wat Pho, the most impressive is the Reclining Buddha inside the Viharn. At 46 m long and 15 m high, it takes up almost the entire length of the shrine. The statue is covered in gold leaf with intricate mother of pearl laksanas inscribed on the soles of its feet and depicts Buddha achieving Nirvana.

Each of the 108 bronze bowls surrounding the statue signifies one of the Buddha’s 108 positive actions and symbols. To attract good luck, buy coins at the entrance to drop into these dishes.

If you are interested in traditional healing practices, you may know that this temple is the birthplace of Thai massage. Home to a collection of ancient plaques inscribed with medical texts and descriptions of massage techniques, it is a great place to discover the theory and practice of Thai medicine. Make sure you experience an invigorating massage for yourself.

Wat Pho was re-established by King Rama I on the site of an ancient monastery and can be found next to the Grand Palace. It is easy to reach by ferry or taxi and charges a small fee for access to the grounds. The temple is open on a daily basis, with guided tours available to introduce you to all of its hidden secrets. Make sure you dress modestly as this is a sacred place.


Guide to Exploring Wat Pho


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