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Temple of the Reclining Bhudda
- Temple of the Reclining Bhudda
- Alt Name:
- Wat Pho
- 1700AD - 1799AD
- Chakri Dynasty
- The Grand Palace - Bangkok, Temple of the Emerald Buddha,
Ancient Siam, Ayutthaya,
about Temple of the Reclining Bhudda
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is one of the oldest sacred temples in Bangkok in Thailand and is a first grade royal monastery.
Located next to the Grand Palace, the current Temple of the Reclining Buddha was built in 1788 by King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty, whose ashes are in the temple. This was actually a reconstruction project to rebuild an original temple on the same site, believed to date back to the Ayudhya kingdom.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha has since undergone two further restorations, one during the reign of King Rama III and one in 1982. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is endowed with over a thousand images of Buddha, but is probably most famous for housing the Reclining Buddha which, with its gold-plated body measuring 46 metres long and 15 metres high, is the largest portrayal of Buddha in Thailand.
It is also the home of the Thai massage, an activity in which visitors can indulge at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Beyond the Reclining Buddha and the Thai massage, Wat Pho is made up of 20 acres where visitors can also view the existing monastery. A great way to see it can be by hiring a local guide.
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Address: Wat Pho, Thanon Chetuphon Road, Rattanakosin District, Bangkok, Thaila
Phone: (662) 225-9595 / 622-0100
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is next to the Grand Palace. Buses 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 25, 32, 43, 44, 47, 48, 51, 53, 82 and 103 stop nearby. By Chao phraya express boat, the nearest stops are Tha Chang pier, Tha Tien Pier or Pak Klong Talad Pier and then walk along Thai Wang to the entrance on that road.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is open daily 8am-5pm. Entry costs 50 baht and a further 20 baht for the monastery.
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