Wat Pho – The temple of the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok. With an area of 8 hectares, it takes a good half day to see everything. What makes its peculiarity is that it houses a statue of Buddha lying on his deathbed, on his way to the Parinirvâna (Buddhist Nirvana). It’s 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
The temple also houses a well-known massage and traditional medicine school. It is also the birthplace of Thai massage and they are monks who teach. Feel free to get a massage by one of the many students of this unusual school.
The temple has many other things to see such as a miniature version of the Angkor Wat Temple (Cambodia), large frescoes which tell the history of the country, a zen garden and exterior courtyards lined with statues of Buddha.
Some advice if you’re going to visit Wat Pho
Tight clothes are not accepted. If you go to the place wearing leggings, for example, they will lend you baggy trousers. Strangely, nude legs are not a problem. It is also necessary to have your shoulders covered to enter the prayer areas. Shawls are at your disposal at the entrance of the palace if necessary. Wear shoes that are easy to remove, the custom being to be barefoot inside religious places.
Beware of touts outside the temple of the Reclining Buddha
Outside the temple, many touts will tell you that the temple is closed. Don’t listen to them and go check for yourself. They are simply looking to drive you to other less crowded places to take a commission and charge you for the ride.
Discover the website of the Temple.