Wat Phra Chetuphon

Price Range

238.08

Reviews

4.6

Overview

The Reclining Buddha is the most impressive highlight for the tourists visiting Wat Pho. Buddha statue in a sleeping posture is world-famous. The historical Shakyamuni Buddha in his last moments of illness before nirvana manifested this iconic posture.

Its figures are as significant as 15 meters tall and 46 meters long covered in gold leaf. Mother-of-pearl illustrations of divine characteristics of the Buddha adorn the 5 meters long Buddha feet. Buddha attained perfection with significant 108 positive actions and symbols. These 108 panels stand for the 108 Lakshmana or favorable characteristics of the divine Buddha.

Dropping coins in these bowls attract good fortune and happiness. To attract good luck, try to buy a container of coins at the hall entrance and drop it in the 108 bronze bowls on the length of the walls. The dropping of coins generates a pleasant, ringing sound. This money goes into helping the monks and renovating Wat Pho even if your wishes do not materialize.

 

 

Architecture

The architecture in Wat Pho is Ayutthayan in style. Many present-day structures were shifted and installed from the dilapidated temple town of Ayutthaya. Many buildings and chedis(stupas/mounds) in the temple complex depict other architectural styles.

The reclining Buddha with feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl and 108 auspicious symbols is the centerpiece in the complex. Over 1000 Buddha images, marble interiors, many Chinese stone statues, and the golden structures beautify the premises. Some sculptures have the Europeans guarding the gates within the compound.

 

 

History

This temple complex in Wat Pho is believed to have existed before 1782 because Wat Pho origins are widely unknown historically. King Rama shifted the capital of Siam (ancient name of Thailand) to Bangkok. He ordered the restoration of the dilapidated old temple site in 1789.

Multiple Buddha images from the abandoned temples in other areas of Thailand were shifted and installed at Wat Pho(old name Wat Photaram). King Rama III brought about sweeping changes at Wat Pho in the subsequent years to restore and expand the temple complex in 1832.

This restoration lasted 16 years. During these years, the king built or restored the most present structures. The same era witnessed the emergence of the temple as a center of art and learning. Wat Pho earned a memory of UNESCO's world award and evolved as one of the most prominent attractions of Thailand today.

 

 

Wat Pho Heritage

Wat Pho was famous as the first public university of Thailand, and it is home to the relics of the first four Chakri Kings. Bodhi Tree and Reclining Buddha are the two of the highlights at Wat Pho. Bodhi tree is believed to have grown from a part of the sacred tree in Bodhgaya, India.

Wat Pho has preserved the Chakri dynasty's heritage and stands out as a repository of Thai art, culture, and knowledge.

Phra Ubosot

The main chapel of Phra Ubosot has all the Buddhist rituals performed, and the principal Buddha statue sits on a three-tiered pedestal. This pedestal preserves the ashes of King Rama I.

Phra Rabiang, a double cloister, surrounds the Phra Ubosot. These cloisters house 400 of the 1200 statues of Buddha in Thai history.

Chedis Dedicated to the Four Kings

Four richly ornate pagodas make the Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn(group). These pagodas are dedicated to the first four Chakri rulers, and decorative glazed titles cover these chedis and make them an architectural marvel.

Phra Mondop

Four giants guard the gates of Phra Mondop or the scripture hall. This hall keeps Buddhist scriptures, which are inscribed on palm leaves. Authorities have enacted a controlled environment, and the public is not allowed inside Phra Mondop.

Missakawan Park

Missakawan Park has a Chinese style pavilion and the Bodhi tree. This Bodhi tree is regarded as the descendant of the Bodhi tee from Bodhgaya in India. Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya.

Vihara of the Reclining Buddha

Viharn Phranorn’s Ayutthaya style architecture and panels mesmerize beholders. The murals at Wat Pho on the inner columns and walls give the glimpses of the royal battles, court intrigues, and lives of Buddha’s disciples. These murals are 200 years old.

 

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 05:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • Taxi : Taxi is the most convenient means to reach Wat Pho because no nearby metro links exist around.
  • Riverboat : You can get into a Chao Phraya riverboat, which will drop you at Tha Tien Pier N8. You can walk to the temple from this point onwards. To familiarize yourself with ferry lines, routes, fares, and schedules, you can download the Chao Praya Pier guide online.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • For Everyone : Rs 238.08 (100 Baht)

Things to Do

Thai Massage

Wat Pho became the first public university of Thailand with exclusive knowledge in traditional medicine and massage. Many inscriptions and illustrations in multiple buildings put out instructions for the massage therapists. Two pavilions in the complex act as classrooms for practicing the renowned skill.

You can experience massage treatment on payment of a fee. Thai massage technique has originated at Wat Pho. It is relaxing for you to get a massage here after exploring various attractions in Bangkok. Massage therapy is available until 6 pm.

 

 

Important Tips

  • Please try to maintain silence and speak politely in the temple premises because various rites and rituals are performed in the sacred area of Wat Pho.
  • Only permitted workers can climb up a statue to clean and place offerings. You should revere the images of Buddha and avoid touching or climbing on the statue.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering the sanctum sanctorum.
  • Follow the dress code in sacred places. Tourists should not expose shoulders or skin above the knee and wear appropriate clothing at this revered place. You can buy a sarong outside the temple.
  • Your ticket price covers the cost of a water bottle and WiFi.
  • Have a guidebook or map so that tuk-tuk drivers or other men can not fleece you for their selfish gains.

Address

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho - reclining Buddha), Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

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ayu windari
ayu windari
08/09/2020 14:03
I visit this temple 2 years ago. It was my first time to go abroad and I in Love with Bangkok. This temple also amazing. I visit it around 4pm and I thought it was the best time to visit! Because the sunshine at that time makes the temple looked stunning. When get darker I found out more enjoyable and relax. Next time I will visit it again and explore more
Laura I. Abreu
Laura I. Abreu
08/15/2020 02:19
Make sure to dress properly when visiting the reclining Buddha: long skirt and something to cover your shoulders up! You want to respect their culture, and most importantly, they won't let you in if you don't follow these rules. It was a nice experience, hard to take the whole reclining buddha in one picture! And crowded... as expected during Christmas time.
Pemin Le
Pemin Le
07/21/2020 13:26
🙏🌟🙏🌟🙏 Fascinating temple. Many many sculptures from the hermit postures that originate the famous Thai massage to hundreds of Buddha. And the amazing big sleeping Buddha in the main building. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 Such a quality visit as always. It is very hot ☀️☀️☀️☀️🌞 but very worth it for me 😊💯💙 Very detailing. Next to the grand palace.
Michael
Michael
05/03/2020 10:29
Absorbing experience, although a popular tourist attraction and very crowded you find yourself with moments of relative solitude mainly due to the vast area this temple site covers. The main attraction is the Reclining Buddha and a busy area of the temple, but managed and organised well enabling smooth progress. There are so many absorbing moments, opportunities where the array of architecture, topiary, statues, court yards sitting in there own independent surroundings provide a interesting route to the centre attraction
JOEY WADE
JOEY WADE
07/12/2020 22:49
This is an amazing place and worth the 200 baht entry fee IF you have never been before. Unfortunately foreigners working here and paying tax do still have to pay the tourist price, which is why I don’t go back or take guests there when they come to visit.

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FAQs

Temple of the Reclining Buddha Wat Pho (more fully Wat Phracheatupon Vimonmungkraram) stands for the "Temple of the Reclining Buddha." It is one of the most prominent Buddhist temples in Thailand. The art of Thai Massage developed in this temple. The famous pagodas are King Rama I, King Rama II, and King Rama IV.
The statue is made of a gold-copper alloy. Inside the Ubosot, gold and crystal have been used to create a three-tiered pedestal. The nine-tiered umbrella over the figure represents the authority of Thailand.
This image of Buddha lying down represents a major theme in Buddhist art. During his last illness just before Parinirvana, he was lying down.
The management expects visitors to dress modestly. Men should put on long pants and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts. Kindly refrain from wearing too revealing tight stretch pants, athletic wear, and clingy tops. Your shorts or pants must cover your knees. You can buy "Sure" and "No Time" brands of apparel, which depict Buddhist and Hindu themes.
It would be best if you carried Thai Baht. You can take cash in your home currency and exchange it in a currency exchange office anywhere in Thailand gives you a competitive rate.
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