BANGKOK | Wat Phra Chetuphon, more commonly known as “Wat Pho”, is a Buddhist temple that’s listed as the highest grade of first-class royal temples in Thailand. One of Bangkok’s oldest temples, it sprawls over 8 hectares, and contains several sites of interest.
The most famous of these is the a 46 metre long, 15 metre tall reclining Buddha, which represents the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. It’s one of the largest statues in Thailand.
There are over 20 sites of interest at the temple, including the ordination hall, Phra Ubosot, other Buddha statues; Phra Rabiang, a double cloister containing around 400 images of Buddha from northern Thailand; and four large tiled chedi (stupa) commemorating the first four Chakri kings.
Wat Pho is generally considered to be the first public university in Thailand. A school dedicated to Thai massage was established here in 1955, and there are many medical inscriptions and illustrations in various buildings around the temple complex.
Wat Pho is open daily from 8:30am to 6:30pm with entry costing 200 bhat. A bottle of water is included on entry, and there are water refill stations dotted throughout the temple complex. Being a Buddhist temple, be sure to dress modestly. Knee-length shorts, trousers, long skirts, and covered shoulders.
Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)
2 Sanam Chai Road
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon
Telephone: 08 3057 7100
Mon – Sun: 8:00am to 6:00pm