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.
Review by Jackie P, March 2011
Doing what: Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour
Review by kellythepea, USA, October 2010
Review by Tighthead Prop, Australia, October 2010
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).