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Wat Pho

The “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is the largest temple in the country and has more Buddha statues than any other Thai temple.

Wat Po is one of the top attractions in Bangkok for Thai people and tourists alike. The large temple is famous for its giant Reclining Buddha and has more Buddha statues than any other temple in the country. It is also one of the oldest public universities in the country and the official school of traditional Thai massage.

The temple is officially called Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, which explains why most non-Thai speakers refer to it as “The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.” The Thai abbreviation Wat Pho comes from Wat Phodharam, a lost monastery of the Ayutthaya period. King Rama I of the Chakri dynasty had the temple re-established, which took nearly eight years. King Rama III spent another 16 years restoring and extending it and King Rama IV gave it its present name.

When you enter the hall where the 150-foot (46-meter) long Reclining Buddha rests, drop a coin into one of the bronze bowls for good fortune. The 108 bowls represent the 108 different positive characters of the Buddha. The resting statue itself is covered in gold leaf and represents the Buddha passing into nirvana. Look for the mother-of-pearl inlays on the soles of his giant feet.

While this figure is the biggest attraction, you’ll find more than a thousand Buddha statues in the complex. The medical university on the temple’s grounds is a school for traditional medicine and, more famously, Thai massage. Bring extra baht to experience an invigorating rub. Visit the library, which is decorated with shards of porcelain, and don’t miss the ancient descriptions of massage techniques. Cross the road to visit the working monastery and talk with the monks; they love to practice their English.

Wat Pho is next to the Grand Palace and the same dress code applies: cover your arms legs and feet before you step inside. The easiest way to get there is by ferry or taxi. There is an admission fee and guided tours are available. The temple is open daily.


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Riva Arun Bangkok ¥4,549
Riva Arun Bangkok

Riva Arun Bangkok

392/25-26 Maharaj Road, Phraborom Maharajawang, Pranakorn, Bangkok
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Siam and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Chetuphon Gate ¥2,382
    Chetuphon Gate

    Chetuphon Gate

    370-372 Soi Pratoo Nokyoong, Maharaj Road, Bangkok
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Pho, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace. Thammasat University and Khaosan Road are also within 2 mi (3 km). MRT Wat Mangkon Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Arom d Hostel
      Arom d Hostel

      Arom d Hostel

      336 Maharaj road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within 15 minutes. MRT Wat Mangkon Station is 30 minutes by foot.

        Pho Hostel
        Pho Hostel

        Pho Hostel

        109 Soi Tha Ruea Daeng, Maharat Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within 15 minutes. MRT Wat Mangkon Station is 29 minutes by foot.

          ARUN Riverside Bangkok ¥6,084
          ARUN Riverside Bangkok

          ARUN Riverside Bangkok

          87-89 Maharaj Road, Phrabarommaharachawaang, Bangkok, Phranakorn
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Pho, Grand Palace, and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Khaosan Road and Wat Arun are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            The Royal ThaTien Village ¥1,985
            The Royal ThaTien Village

            The Royal ThaTien Village

            392/29 Maharaj Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Bangkok
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bangkok City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within 15 minutes. MRT Wat Mangkon Station is 30 minutes by foot.

              196 Oldtown Chic ¥2,553
              196 Oldtown Chic

              196 Oldtown Chic

              196 Soi Phraya Si, Bangkok, Bangkok
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bangkok City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Khaosan Road and Grand Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). MRT Wat Mangkon Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                Inn A Day ¥7,326
                Inn A Day

                Inn A Day

                57-61 Maharat Road, Phra nakhon, Bangkok, Bangkok
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bangkok City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within 15 minutes.