Wat Pho , Ayutthaya
About Wat Pho
Wat Pho is one must visit place for first-time visitors to Bangkok. Located near the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is officially called Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn and popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Wat Pho is a temple with a giant reclining Buddha of 15 metres tall, 46 meters long, so large that it feels like it has been squeezed into the temple. The five meters long Buddha’s feet has decorative characteristics call ‘laksanas’. In Buddhism 108 is an auspicious number, it refers to 108 positive actions, symbols that helped Buddha to reach perfection. Since it’s a Buddhist complex it follows some rules, to show gratitude towards their religion. Like, wearing cover clothes no shoulder showing dresses below knees.
Visitors have to take their show off while entering the temple to show respect. If you want a little good luck, our recommendation is purchasing a bowl of good luck coins at the entrance may help you and if doesn’t the money goes to monks for maintaining the temple.
If you want to take a tour throughout the temple complex hire a guide for 200-400 baht, polite, good communication in English they will tell you interesting facts about Buddhism and what Pho temple. Don’t forget to negotiate the price if you are in a large group or even if you aren’t in one, bargaining would always help you while a trip to Bangkok. If you are in Bangkok for a relaxing holiday, have a therapeutic relaxing body massage at Wat Pho. Book it beforehand so you don’t have to get in a long queue.