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If you are a first-time visitor to Bangkok, you must not miss this incredibly famous ‘Wat Pho’ Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. Also, named as Temple of Reclining Buddha. It is situated on Rattanakosin Island and considered to be a great place for traditional Thai massage.The temple consists of 16 gates, many halls, shrines, a garden, and a museum. This complex is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok city and was rebuilt by King Rama I. It became his main temple where some of his ashes were enshrined.
Later, the temple was renovated and extensively expanded by Rama II. This temple is also spelled as Wat Po, which is commonly called as Wat Pho, a contraction of its older name, Wat Photaram.
This temple is considered to be one of the largest temples in the city with 46 meters long and 15 meters tall. It is famous for gold plated giant reclining Buddha and considered as the earliest public education centre with marble inscriptions and illustrations to provide instructions to tourists. This complex consists of a school of Thai medicine. Besides, it is also familiar with teaching and practising Thai massage at the temple.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
The famous four chapels are eye-catching and display 394 gilded Buddha images and consist of a sacred complex that includes the main hall for performing Buddhist rituals. It has different architectural sizes and styles and residential home of the monks.
This place is well-known for its courses on Thai massage, Thai medicine, Thai pharmacy. You can enjoy traditional and herbal massage including pressure point relaxation, energy pathways, and therapeutic points.
Murals and sculptures-
You can walk around the temple to see the detailing of the artwork done. If you are keen to know the texts across different areas of subjects encrypted on murals and sculptures then do not miss to visit Wat Pho.
A large number of Chinese statues imported as ballast in ships, few of which depict Europeans, are found in the gates of the perimeter walls.
Centre for Education-
If you like to gain knowledge on different subjects then this place has it all. Various subjects of history, medicine, and literature are engraved on the plaques inscribed with illustrations and texts.
You are safe if you choose to visit this place. This temple is classed as the first-class royal temples and weighed as the leading massage school in Thailand. People visit here not just to wander around, but to look at the humongous collection of Buddha images kept in the temple in Thailand. It is spread over 20-acre and is one of the most famous tourist destinations.
You can enjoy the place all by yourself. It is a must-visit for a relaxing experience and is indeed a surreal place to get a traditional Thai massage. You will certainly enjoy looking at the scenic view around the temple. It might be a great start to your tour if you are in Bangkok.