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  • Address: Chetuphon Road (directly south of the Grand Palace), Banglamphu
  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm
  • Admission: ฿20

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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Next door to the Grand Palace you’ll find the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). It’s the largest and oldest wat (temple) in Bangkok and, as the name suggests, is home to the enormous reclining Buddha. You’ll also find many more Buddha images at Wat Pho, which is said to have more statues of the Buddha than any other Bangkok temple.

The Reclining Buddha was crafted to celebrate King Rama III’s restoration (1824 - 51). At 150 ft (46 m) long and 49 ft (15 m) high it is the largest Buddha image in Thailand. The reclining Buddha is decorated with gold leaf and his eyes and foot soles are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and in 1962 a traditional medicine and massage school was established here. The school is still going strong and you can book massage appointments or apply to study at the school. Its reputation precedes it, so you'll need to book well ahead to get a massage.

Practical Info

The Temple of the Reclining Budha - or Wat Pho - has two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east to west. You’ll find the reclining Buddha and massage school in the northern part and a working Buddhist monastery in the southern compound.

Wat Pho is next door to the Grand Palace complex in Banglamphu (on Thanon Chetuphon and Thanon Sanam Chai).

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Half-Day Bangkok Highlights by Tuk Tuk

Experience the highlights of Bangkok’s Ratanakosin Island in this 3.5-hour tour, from beautiful temples, historic communities, famous street food, and ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.27

Bangkok Temples Tour including reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

4 star rating: Recommended 102 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the heart of Thai culture on a half-day Bangkok temple tour. Visit Wat Pho, known as the birthplace of traditional Thai medicine and ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.13

6-Hour Best of Bangkok City Tour including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

This 6 hour tour is the perfect way to see Bangkok. We go to all the major sites in Bangkok including Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the Golden Buddha Temple and ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.78

Private Tour: Bangkok Temples including reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

4.5 star rating: Recommended 166 Reviews

Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country with around 95% of Thai's practicing the Theravada discipline of Buddhism. As you wander the streets of Bangkok ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.63

Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Enjoy the best highlights of Bangkok on this Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal small group tour. Escape the Bangkok traffic and board a longtail boat for a ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

Bangkok Tuk Tuk Small Group Adventure Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 75 Reviews

Travel as the locals do, by Tuk Tuk! Visit some of Bangkok's most famous sights: Phra Sumeru Fortress, the bustling Amulet Market, Wat Pho and its Reclining ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.28

Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 108 Reviews

Ride a tuk-tuk past Bangkok’s iconic sites as you tour the city at night. This 4-hour tour loops along the Chao Phraya River, stopping at several temples and ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.03

Bangkok in Motion: City Tour by Skytrain, Boat and Tuk Tuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

This full-day tour takes you to city highlights via public transport: skytrain, 'tuk tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat on the Chao Phraya River and ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9-10 hours

From USD $69.71

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