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Wat Pho

icon-location-red Also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

THB 200

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Jup Jap
Local tour guide
"For the best experience at Wat Pho, I recommend visiting early in the morning to avoid the crowds and witness the stunning sunrise illuminating the intricate details of the Reclining Buddha. Don't forget to bring a pair of socks as you'll need to remove your shoes inside the temple, and enjoy a peaceful stroll in the serene courtyard afterwards."

Just a ten-minute walk from The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Wat Pho is an immense temple famous for the 46 meter long statue of the reclining golden Buddha! 

At an impressive 20 acres large, it's the biggest temple in Bangkok - it's also the oldest, since it was built an entire 200 years before Bangkok was even Thailand's capital! It's even received a UNESCO Memory of the World award, so it's definitely worth considering taking a Bangkok tour to this amazing piece of architecture.

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Most tourists are drawn to the the temple because of the reclining Buddha, but there is so much more to see in this temple complex suc as: Phra Rabiang (a hall with 400 Buddha statues), Missakawam Park (nice garden), Phra Ubosot (a hall where Buddhist rituals are performed), Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn ( a group of 4 large Buddhist stupas) and Phra Mondop ( a beautiful library)

Fun fact: did you know you can enjoy a massage at this temple too? It may sound a bit weird at first but it makes sense knowing that Wat Pho is considered the birthplace of the Thai massage and the temple used to house the first school of Thai Medicine and Massage. So If you want to relax after a full day of hopping around Bangkok, you can enjoy a soothing massage here!

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The best time to visit Wat Pho is early morning from 8:00 am or before sunset. At this time you can escape the crowd and take some really amazing pictures. From 10:00 am it gets really crowded.

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How to get there:

Wat Pho is located in the Old City of Bangkok, very close to the Royal Palace and Wat Arun. For a sightseeing tour, you can easily combine these 3 sights. Just remember for getting from Wat Arun to Wat Pho you will have to take the boat.

From the river, it is best to reach the temple by express boat at Tha Tien stop. From there it is only a few minutes’ walk to Wat Pho.

Of course, you can also reach the temple by taxi, but for a cheap price make sure the taximeter is switched on. 

How to get the best pictures:

Most people will probably want to take pictures of the big Buddha, but please don't limit yourself to this. As Wat Pho is the largest temple in Bangkok, it has so many things more to offer! Photo opportunities are endless as the temple offers 100 chedis, beautiful belfries, a small museum, the massage pavilion, mystical stone statues and countless golden Buddha statues!

Tips:

Appropriate clothing is required within the temple area. Shorts, skirts, or shirts that expose skin above the knee or the shoulders are not allowed.

Shoes should be taken off when you entering any structure of the temple complex. So we recommended that you'd better wear shoes that can be easily removed.

Bring some small change for donation to the monks.

Frequently asked questions

What is Wat Pho?

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a renowned Buddhist temple complex located in Bangkok, Thailand.

What is the significance of Wat Pho?

Wat Pho is considered one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, known for its impressive architecture, historical importance, and the famous Reclining Buddha statue.

What is the Reclining Buddha statue?

The Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho is a massive gold-plated statue measuring 46 meters long. It is one of the most iconic and revered landmarks in Bangkok.

What are the opening hours of Wat Pho?

Wat Pho is open daily from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

Are there any entrance fees for Wat Pho?

Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit Wat Pho. The fee is 200 Thai Baht per person.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

THB 200

Find it on google maps