World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.9 (137 votes)

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Photo of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Photo by flickr user audrey_sel
Pin It

Wat Pho’s best known artefact is it’s golden, 46m long reclining statue of Buddha, but it is also the largest and oldest Wat in Bangkok and has the largest number of Buddhas in any Thai temple, more than 100 images.

On the Reclining Buddha’s feet are mother of pearl plaques depicting Chinese and Indian mythology.

The north section of the complex has the main treasures, many from the ancient Thai capitals of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai. This version of the complex was built around 1788 on top of an earlier temple.

Wat Pho was Thailand’s first university and one of the places where traditional Thai massage was developed. You can still get a massage, even better though, you can get a massage in a room carved with all the secrets of Thai massage carved into the walls beside statues in yoga poses.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Ancient Monuments of Hue

    Hue, set on the banks of the Huong River a few kilometres inland from the South China Sea, has the hundreds of beautiful ruined…

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    The iconic skeleton of the Genbaku Dome, epicentre of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb blast is now part of a Peace Memorial Park, dedic…

  • The Reclining Buddha of Polonnawura

    Countless monuments have been raised, over tens of centuries, in memory of the great scenes of Buddha’s life; but this one at P…

Nearby Experiences

  • Ayutthaya Historical Park

    These ruined 14th to 18th Century temples and palaces date from a period when Ayutthaya was a separate Thai kingdom and these a…

  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    To shop your way through this 35-acre market with upwards of 15,000 stalls, you’ll need to be prepared. Bangkok’s Chatuchak Wee…

  • Sam Chuk Market

    Known also as the “100 year old market,” Sam Chuk is an old Thai village that has been well preserved. The wooden homes next to…

Related links

Contribute to this page