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The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

About 700 meters away from the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) complex is the Wat Pho which houses the Reclining Buddha.


The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand


It's honestly just a walking distance away but if your tired touring the previous temple complex, there are Tuk-tuk cabs to take you there. Do note that they're quite expensive though.


The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho



This Buddhist temple complex is smaller compared with that of the Emerald Buddha's. But the presence of the 15 x 46 meter (height and width) Reclining Buddha makes it worth your time.


Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho
An informational altar about the famed buddha 



Here's a short clip of several snapshots of the reclining buddha since it won't fit a single frame. 😀




Shops and Services


Unlike most temples, this complex has a more tourist friendly feel due to the presence of several shops including massage services and food stores. 

Wat Pho shops


These mini-statues will welcome you right by the entrance. I'm not sure if they are for sale. 



108 Wish Coin Pots


Another attraction here are the 108 wish coin pots which are believed to bring about good fortune if completed. You can exchange Thai baht for the coins right by the counter. 

108 Wish Coin Pots

Phra Viharn Kod


As expected, temples abound throughout Wat Pho. 

Phra Viharn Kod


One of such is the Phra Viharn Kod. Viharns are sermon halls which house smaller buddha statues and where Buddhist religious rites are held. 



Viharns


There are four major viharas strategically located in all directions throughout the complex --- east, west, north and south. 



Phra Chedi Rai 


Viharns are often surrounded by chedis. The Phra Chedi Rai or 71 smaller chedis, measuring about 5 meters in height, contain ashes of Thai royal family members. 


Phra Chedi Rai

5 Chedis with a Single Base 


About 20 larger sized chedis which are grouped into five, on the other hand, safeguard Buddha relics. 

5 Chedis with a Single Base

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn


Another group of chedis is the Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn. You'll spot this when you see four huge pagodas. 

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn



Up close, the intricate design is definitely worth every snap. 




Phra Rabiang


Apart from the standout reclining Buddha, there are also almost 400 Buddha statues for viewing. These were selected from the original 1,200 collection by King Rama I and are placed at the Phra Rabiang, a double cloister structure. 

Phra Rabiang


The inner side has 150 statues and 244 are on the outer section. 



wat pho buddha statues


And more buddha statues...





Other Statues


Aside from buddha statues, other statues present include guards which are positioned near gates. 


Above and below are statues of Chinese warriors. 



Duo of Chinese warrior statues by the exit. 


Chinese warriors statues wat pho


Chinese warriors carrying a mini-shrine replica. 



There are also Chinese stone statue guards wearing western person's wardrobe.


Khao Mor 


More statues are found on the lovely landscape of the rock gardens. 

Khao Mor or rock gardens wat pho

Got me a photo with one of the statues on a face palm position here. 😜



Koi ponds are present too. There is supposedly a crocodile park but I haven't had a look. I also didn't notice where the Missakawan Park was.


Map of Wat Pho 


Wikipedia has a map of the entire place so you can easily find various landmarks including some of the good ones I missed, Phra Mondop and Kamphaeng kaew as well as Phra Prang which both offer that old Cambodia temple ruins feel. 


Map of Wat Pho
Source: Wikipedia




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Wat Pho is located at 2 Sanam Chai Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.

It's open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Entrance tickets cost 100 baht or 3 USD which come with a free bottle of water.

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