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Location

Bangkok, Thailand

Address

2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Getting there

There are several ways to Wat Pho: Boat, taxi, tuk tuk, bus

The easiest way to get to Wat Po is by boat. Take the Chao Phraya River Express to the Tha Thien pier, then walk through the market and up the short street. Wat Po is directly across the intersection, on your right. On the left is the rear wall of the Grand Palace.

Telephone

(+66) 2 226 0335

More information

https://www.facebook.com/Wat-Pho-the-Temple-of-the-Reclining-Buddha-Wat-Phra-Chetuphon/, https://foursquare.com/v/วดพระเชตพนวมลมงคลารามฯ-wat-pho/, https://www.youtube.com/wat-pho-bangkok/

Prices

Visitors must pay an entrance fee of 100 Baht (2.56 USD) at booths just inside the north, or south, entrances.

Prices for a massage at the temple are 250 Baht (6.40 USD) for 30 minutes, or 400 Baht (10.24 USD) for one hour massage or a 45 minute foot massage.

Opening hours

Daily from 08:00am to 05:00pm

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Wat Pho (Thai: วัด โพธิ์), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon (วัด พระเชตุพน) or Temple of the reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand, is located on the island of Rattanakosin close to the Grand Palace. The official name of the temple is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn (วัด พระเชตุพน วิมล มังคลาราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร). This temple is also famous as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is famous for huge Buddha statue covered in gold nirvana posture. It has a long is 46m and 15m in height. This is also the largest temple with more than 1,000 temples. It was built 200 years before Bangkok became the capital. The temple was reconstructed on the site of a temple before is Wat Phodharam and began in 1788. The temple was completely renovated and expanded in the reign of King Rama III (1824- 51) and was restored again in 1982.

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here. Since December 2012, entrance to the temple costs 100 baht and you can visit any time between 08:00 and 17:00. 

You'll find (slightly) fewer tourists here than at Wat Phra Kaew, but Wat Pho is our fave among Bangkok's biggest sights. In fact, the compound incorporates a host of superlatives: the city's largest reclining Buddha, the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and the country's earliest centre for public education. Almost too big for its shelter is Wat Pho's highlight, the genuinely impressive Reclining Buddha.

The highlight for most people visiting Wat Pho is the Reclining Buddha. The figures here are impressive: 15 metres tall, 46 metres long, so large it feels like it has been squeezed into the building. The Buddha's feet are 5 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious 'laksanas' (characteristics) of the Buddha. 108 is a significant number, referring to the 108 positive actions and symbols that helped lead Buddha to perfection. You’ll need to take your shoes off to enter, and if you would like a little good luck, we recommend purchasing a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall which you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the walls. Dropping the small pennies in makes a nice ringing sound and even if your wishes don’t come true, the money goes towards helping the monks renovate and preserve Wat Pho. As this is a revered image, all visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee. 

As we said before, it really is worth taking a look round the rest of the temple. Wat Pho also has good English speaking guides who will provide interesting information for around 200 - 400 baht, depending on how many people there are in your group and how good your negotiating skills are. If you prefer, you can wander alone. Recommend sites include four chapels that contain 394 gilded Buddha images, long lines of golden statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position. Although the intricately detailed murals that cover the walkways around Wat Pho will require a book or guide to decipher, the exquisite murals are so detailed and intricate that even if you don’t understand all the imagery you can still appreciate the artwork. Finally in the courtyards at Wat Pho Temple are some comical looking Chinese statutes that were once uses as ballasts on ships and 91 chedis (or stupas) decorated in ceramic pottery flowers and colourful tiles. 

Wat Pho was the first public university in Thailand, specialising in religion, science and literature. It is now more well-known as a centre for traditional massage and medicine. After a walk around the temple there is nothing quite like a relaxing foot or head and shoulder massage. If you've never tried a traditional Thai massage, Wat Pho is a good place to experience this popular leisure activity. It's quite different to most other forms of therapeutic massage and tends to be invigorating rather than relaxing, incorporating yoga style postures to relieve stress and improve blood circulation. This is a very popular activity at Wat Pho temple, so we recommend you pop in before your treatment to book a spot, or you might end up with a long wait. 

The rambling grounds of Wat Pho cover 8 hectares, with the major tourist sites occupying the northern side of Th Chetuphon and the monastic facilities found on the southern side. The temple compound is also the national headquarters for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine, including Thai massage, a mandate legislated by Rama III when the tradition was in danger of extinction. The famous massage school has two massage pavilions located within the temple area and additional rooms within the training facility outside the temple.

Guests cross the Reclining Buddha visited frequently changed coins to put in the bell to worship. Or a popular form of worship is to buy pieces of gold to put on Buddha statues at the temple.

History of Wat Pho Temple

Wat Pho was built in the Ayutthaya period and was repaired in 1782. The temple Wat Pho temple is the largest and oldest in Bangkok Thailand with over a thousand statues of Buddha, this temple is famous for a Buddha statue sitting titles, this Buddha statue is said to be made during the period of king Rama III, 46m long 15m high statue, decorated gold plated and pearl pattern on the eyes and feet and it was described as 108 more good ministers of Buddha Shakyamuni

Wat Pho is an architectural complex is divided into two walled complexes; northern populations where there are statues and traditional massage school, southern populations are the monks' monastery and a school. Around of the Wat Pho temple has towers look very beautiful and brings Buddhist belief in Thailand.

This temple is also known for traditional Thai massage because it has established a school of traditional medicine and massage in 1962, teaching the art of Thai massage, where each course has a time from 7 to 10 days, the tuition fee is 180 baht for a one-hour lecture per person one day.

What to See at Wat Pho

The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds, bisected north-south by Sanamchai Road running east-west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found.

The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.

Wat Pho is the largest and oldest wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country.

It also shelters the largest Buddha image in Thailand: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). Created as part of Rama III's restoration (1824-51), the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.

His body is covered in gold plating and he is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The bottoms of the Buddha's feet are intricately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.

The Wat Pho Massage School

The massage area today is inside a pavilion. The interior massage area is communal which is important for people to know in case they were expecting private rooms. You remain with some clothing on and they will provide you with long trousers if you wish.

Thai traditional massages are a lot firmer than many people are accustomed too however you can ask them to go.

Massage costs at Wat Pho

Traditional Thai massage price at Wat Pho

  • 420 Baht for 1 hour
  • 260 Baht for 30 minutes

Foot Massage

  • 420 Baht for 1 hour
  • 280 Baht for 30 minutes

There's no real need to book a massage unless you are pushed for time.

How to get there

There are several ways to Wat Pho. 

  • Boat: From the Grand Palace. Take a right here and walk about 10 minutes until you come to Wat Pho which will be on the other side of the road. Otherwise, hop on a tuk-tuk but they'll probably charge a lot for this short distance.
  • Taxi: The simplest is to get a taxi though it can be expensive due to traffic and location.
  • Tuk-tuk: Unless you are used to tuk-tuk bargaining it might end up costing you more than a taxi to get there. If possible arrange a price beforehand.
  • Bus: numbers 1, 3, 25, 44, 48, 91, 503, 508 and 512 all stop nearby Wat Pho

Reviews by visitors

There are very few touristic places to visit in Bangkok. This being one of the major attraction apart from the Grand Palace. I visited there with two of my other friends. There was a very small entry fee to this place. They do offer you free water bottle with every ticket. Do grab it as the heat is severe here. They consider the place very sacred. You are provided with blue bags to carry your footwear along with you. The place is bit crowded, so it is advisable to go there as early as possible to avoid the touristic crowd. The status itself is immensely giant. You get a good view of the statue from two points that have been provided for photographs. It was a short but worthy visit. A tip to the travellers: You are also offered for authentic Thai Massage in this temple which is very expensive as usual.

~silvio

One of the oldest, largest and most revered temple complexes in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is a must-see for all visitors to the Thai capital. As the name suggests, the site’s main feature is a large, gold leaf-covered reclining Buddha. This gigantic statue is the largest in Thailand, measuring 151 feet (46 meters) long and 50 feet (15 meters) tall. The Buddha’s feet alone are 16 feet (five meters) tall, both exquisitely decorated and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Taking a walk along the length of the entire statue is a real treat, and in addition, travelers can find many other Buddha images at Wat Pho as well.

~ratika

This site provides a great way to spend a couple of hours in Bangkok. It is of course filled with tourists, but you also get a steady stream of monks, Thai visitors etc and it is genuinely interesting - and of course provides some cracking photo opportunities. The huge reclining Buddha is the centrepiece, but the architecture and grounds are well worth an investigation. Recommended for all ages. A good way to get there is by river taxi - and it is very close to the Grand Palace.

~jack

This place rocks! The vivid colors of the Stupas, the brilliant shine of the golden Buddhas - who could fail to be moved by such beauty? Take a couple of hours (at least) to stroll among Thailand's history and be awed. Walking thru low archways, there are endless gardens and enclaves to explore. It is sometimes over shadowed by its neighbor the Grand Palace, but don't let that deter you from visiting - its a delightful way to pass a lazy morning or afternoon in Bangkok

~jane

We have almost visited a quiet few temples in Bangkok before arriving at 'Reclining Buddha'. Although each temple was amazing in its own but one might feel a repetition in the story. We expected this temple to be beautiful of course but not something new. We were so wrong!! The Reclining Buddha can definitely be considered as a 'Wonder'. A huge Buddha statue in reclining positions is a great thing to watch. It is so big that you can capture the entire statue on your camera!! 

~summa

This is definitely my favorite temple in Bangkok. Everything on the grounds is breathtaking, with the reclining Buddha's size never failing to awe. And the fact that they give you one free water is a huge plus. Way better than the Grand Palace and a fifth of the price. Go!

~matt

Wat Pho and the Grand Palace are must-see's in Bangkok. Both showcase the Thai's amazing talent with gold, precious stones, coloured glass and intricate mirror inlays. There is a lot to see at both, so allow at least 2 hours for each location.

~toronto

The place is very nice, a bit hot, and has large area. They sell jade pendant which, some places doesn't. There're some food stalls outside the wall, and of course most of them are pork. And they have kinda "Rica" pork, which was soo good.

~novia

Absolutely adored this visit, the richdom of the religious objects, the meaning to those who's religion it is ; A real impressive place. 
You could easily organise a meeting of world leaders here in order to temper their hunger to supremacy. 

~julie

They are going to ask you to remove your shoes and cover up. They do not accept a wrap as a cover up girls.
It is huge, fascinating, beautiful, crowded and so worth it. The exterior buildings are just as interesting with intricate porcelain details on nearly every surface. Give yourself an hour to explore.

~mark

At least in my opinion. 
100 baht/pers (1 bottle of water included). Map with a few explanations in English. Nice monuments, but we have seen better temples within Thaïland, Laos and Cambodia. But nice to see if you have some time.

~tinda

This was a good quiet inexpensive place to visit in Bangkok. The kids like the reeling Budha. Beautiful pictures, kids enjoyed seeing Monks. There were not very many tourists so it made it a peaceful day.

~carla

Wat pho is gorgeous. Don't miss it! It's a great value, and is generally less crowded than the royal palace. Make sure you're dressed appropriately. No short skirts, flip flops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, or shorts. Just don't get lunch around the area, you're going to pay a lot more and the food in the area isn't great.

~angela

This place is amazing, and so beautiful. The day we went wasn't extremely busy so we got to see the grounds without many people there, It is walkable from The Grand Palace so we did this trip in the afternoon after we had been there in the morning. The scale of the reclining Buddha is extraordinary and photos don't do the scale of it justice. Beautiful. 

Make sure you dress appropriately for this temple so as not to offend. I always kept loose long trousers and a scarf in my bag to put on over my shorts and vest top for any unscheduled Temple visits so as not to miss out.

~silvia

The Budha statue in the temple is huge and very impressive. Circle the statue and take a look at its feet. Flat feet and hands with circles on them is prof that the depicted person is Budha. 

The temple grounds are beautiful, decorated with fountains and statues. There are also numerous smaller Budha statues and smaller temples to visit, which are also rather impressive. The overall vibe of the temple complex is exotic and peaceful, offering a nice break fro the hectic of Bangkok. 

The admission ticket includes a small water bottle.

~elle

Don't get me wrong. its beautiful, architectural marvel, lovely paintings and all. But if you are with a family where none of the others are history freaks like you, skip it. Or let them wait in the sitting area while you go for a quick peek. The huge budha is nice, i loved the murals and the paintings. I have no clue how thai temple minarets sparkle so much, its lovely in sun light. Write outside one of the exit, check the curious shop, you will get good bargain. And don't forget to check Ama restaraunt. Very nice relaxing break.
P.S just opp wat Pho, you can catch a ferry across the river for Wat Arun

~monika

This is a must-see site in Bangkok since it has the biggest reclining Buddha in the temple. Make sure you have your socks since you have to take off your shoes when you enter the temple. Such an amazing view !

~wilson

REclining Butha, it is a place,to visit, as you will not forgett.

Amazing place, very betifull and you will be impressed. Probably the best and most beatifull temple I have been all over my life

~nanim

The famous reclining Buddha temple is a place you need to visit. Forget about the pictures you have probably seen, none makes any justice to the place. Be respectful and dress appropriately!

~paulo

Awesome Wat. After visiting a few we were done with temples, and this was a good one if you are only going to see a few. The Buddha is much larger than you think from pictures, honestly stunning, and the grounds are beautiful. Get a massage at the school, not the cheapest but it was memorable and fun. Really close to the water taxis and Grand Palace.

~colorado

Amazing temple with some beautiful murals and Buddha statues. The entire complex is rich with tradition and amazing Thai history. Some remarkable Buddha statues other then the reclining Buddha as well. Definitely the best tourist attraction in Bangkok for travellers. Lot of history and beautiful pagodas.

~tushar

This was the only temple we got to see. To beat the traffic we took the bts skytrain to the river ferry. Made the experience of getting there more fun. 

I highly recommend the visit- super peaceful and relaxing. I regret not getting a massage. 

We got lucky and it was a cooler day. But as all the other reviews say, def get there right when they open to beat all the crowds. 

~david

This was my first temple/Wat that I visited in Thailand and really enjoyed my experience. I learned many things about this culture here. Very crowded, but as a solo traveler I felt very safe

~peter

Visited Wat Pho for the second time in 2016 and it was again a great experience. It is close to the Grand Palace. You have to pay when entering, but it is not too expensive. Love the temple, it is beautiful, nice and quite. Of course it can get busy at the reclining buddha, but usually you have anough space to look at it from different angles.

~maria

Like god, difficult to fathom in one view! But there is much beyond the Reclining Buddha here. There are serene images of Buddha all around and beautiful chedis or stupas besides ornamental gates dot the complex. You can also spend a few moments of calm inside the temples. We didn't see the monks though

~kim

The place is easily accessible by taxi or a short walk from the grand palace. The statue of Buddha is in a reclining position and its huge. A good place to offer Buddhist prayers if you follow the religion or can just visit the place.

~shan

My personal favorite. Birthplace of traditional Thai Massage. While this temple complex is not as "pristinely maintained" as the Grand Palace, being the largest and oldest makes this the most interesting. It is described as the first Thai University. Opened daily 8am-6:30pm. Admission $2.77 pp.

~sandra

Even though I knew this would be big I was still surprised when we rounded the corner to behold this gleaming wonder. The picture can't do it justice. Also the surrounds are interesting leading up to the main attraction. Be sure to bring lots of water, the weather is really hot and not many places to purchase water at the attraction it self.

~natasha

The main reason I went here is to find the large Reclining Buddha that Jean Claude Van Damme visited in his movie Kickboxer. But little did I know of the beauty within this Temple grounds. There are many temples and statues located here and should be visited.

~brent

There is no shortage of temples in Thailand but is you have a short list the Temple of the Reclining Buddha should be on it. Apart from the unique and beautiful reclining Buddha ( its size is amazing) take time to look around the rest of the temple complex for many hidden treasures. As other reviews advise go early, its busy. Dress codes enforced, be warned.

~linda

We bought a hop on hop of river boat pass , which was good value . This was one of the stops along the way . The both stoped at the opposite side of the river , and had to take a small boat across. The reclining Buddha was worth seeing , I don't think there are to many that size in the world

~guy

This place is on top of my must see list in Bangkok! The entrance fee is 50 bhat (which includes a free bottle if water) and it is worth it! The reclining Buddha exceeded my expectations. The whole area is full of beautiful temples. I would allow a good hour to an hour and a half!

~nicola

100 Baht for entrance fees plus one small bottle of water included. Redeem it with your valid ticket. Quite giant sleeping Buddha just in the central of the temple. Find a good angle for taking photo at the end of his feet. Cheers.

~zhil

Our original plan had been to visit The Grand Palace but right now it is super busy with people coming from all over to pay their respects to the King who passed away recently. In order to avoid the long line ups, we decided to visit Wat Pho - Temple of The Reclining Buddha. What a great decision. Quite a large complex of temples and beautiful architecture. And the Buddha itself is absolutely stunning. A must see!

~renene

This is a good introduction to the importance of Buddha in Thai culture. If there is a single universal theme it is the presence of Buddha in every aspect of Thai life, and the Reclining Buddha is a strong expression of this fact.
Did you know that the reclining posture represents the last moments of Buddha's life, immediately before he entered parinirvana? For Buddhists it is much like the representation of Christ on the cross is to Christians.

~bill

Another must see temple. This is a very large complex with some beautiful features . The Buddha itself is enormous but don't forget to look around in all of the nooks and crannies of the complex for the complete experience.

~trish

Really enjoyed visiting this temple. I ended up going towards closing time so the crowds had died out which was nice. Ticket price was very affordable and there was quite a bit on display. The Reclining Buddha itself is very unique and beautiful to see.

~chris

The most beautiful reclining Bhudda in the world. Also one of the most famous center to learn original Thai Massage from the historic scripture. You will enjoy the interesting vibes there. Try to avoid summer time because the heat can make the trip less enjoyable especially with crowded tourist in the main temple.

~yajai

This is an iconic Temple in Thailand with its huge reclining Buddha. Inside the Temple is so peaceful and a must see is the Buddha's foot with its intricate pattern. The Temple also has a massage school. After the visit, nice to have a relaxing massage. Surrounding the Temples, there are smaller court yards and temples. This place is a photographers paradise. The easier way to get to Wat Pho is to use the river boat from Shapan Thaksin.

~newel

This was a beautiful place to visit for a short visit (we had already seen multiple temples at the time, and for us, you see one and you have a good idea of what's coming up at the next temples). Great for pictures and getting a feel for local culture, as there were many active Buddhists paying their respects while we were there.

I will say (and this was true for most temples in our case) - I was highly disappointed to see how disrespectful many tourists were. I can see how many of the acts were "accidental" wrongdoings by people simply not paying attention- but please, please pay attention to your tour guides or the provided information at the entrances about what is ok and not ok to do while in a temple - which include not taking pictures of monks, and taking off shoes when entering certain areas. These types of infractions were noticeable enough to detract from the temple itself and "downgrade" our experience.

~casandra

The temple is beautiful, it is a must see. It cost $100 Baht but the detail is amazing. Would recommend to any travelers around the neighborhood. Great quality and get 1 free water bottle per person

~jordan

The temple itself is really a series of temples in a fortress of Buddhist temples of which Reclining Buddha was the one that is both humbling and inspiring. The details inlays on the the entire inside of the temple are incredible. The namesake, is well worth the trip if you are anywhere within driving distance.

~rogelio

We actually enjoyed Wat Pho more than we did the Grand Palace. Everything about this complex was more calm and inviting. The reclining Buddha is the star of the show, but there are plenty of interesting things to see here.

~aprey

Such a divine place. The temple is neatly maintained and the entire place is void of noise.
Located very near to grand palace and the entry ticket is 1000baht/person (includes 2 water bottles too).
The buddha statue is a majestic one and is so huge.
Definitely worth a visit..

~dinesh

As usual, I never regret getting a guide. The guide costs a bit, but you get so much more from the visit! My guide was very knowledgeable and really went beyond with what he shared. The experience of seeing this in person was not the same as TV, there is a feeling, sounds and details which you can only get in person, so if you're in Bangkok have a look at this temple!

~shawn

It's a bit tricky to walk to if you walk from the khaosan rd area, but doable. A lot of roads closed or seemed to be due to the death of the king, but the temple is really good to see, reclining Buddha is huge! We also had a short foot massage :-)

~miley

The reclining buddha comes from a legend of Buddha where the giants did not take him seriously so he made himself large. This is the reclining buddha. Impressive to see. Not to mention about 1000 other buddhas in the complex. Short TukTuk from the Grand Palace.

~phil

I visited the temple as part of a shared tour. Huge idol of Buddha (I think 46m long). I have visited other Buddha temples across the world but this one is unique because of the reclining idol. The temple campus is beautiful with stupas and other temples. Worth visiting.

~ananda

It's an awe inspiring experience. A must see temple! Of the many temples in Bangkok, this one is also a must see temple, simple because of the size of the flawless stature of the reclining Buddha.

~tiffany

thailand is a place where you can visit lot of temples . I think ther is no best or the best place to visit temples . it how you feel . I went to place - phichaboon . Thier have Big buddha temple , witch depicts the different stages of " Bhuddha " life , How a king became Bhuddha . This is a place to visit ... it gives you immense Peace of mind .

~rahul

Without any doubt after living in Bangkok for many years, the reclining Buddha is still
One of my recommend places and favourite touristic spots at Bangkok temples.

Bring some small change with you to make wishes and bring prosperity. (Sounds of dropping coins is enchanting)

Also, get a pair of light trousers (maybe the weekend before a JJ market) and water, cause on Bangkok summer it can gets really hot.

~daniel

another must see if you are travelling to Bangkok. Visited many times and always go back each time I visit. Breathtaking and stunning. Make sure you add to your travel itinerary, you wont be disappointed

~debbie

I went there after Grand Palace. The ticket was 50 baht. I didn't see many things here because it was rainy, so my partner and I decided to try thai massage. I forget about the price, maybe around 600 baht for an hour body massage. And it's like everyone want to try it, so the queue was very loooongg... We waited for 30-60 mins there.

~betzy

The main reason I went to the temple complex, was to get a Thai massage at the Wat Po Thai traditional medical school. I took the hour session and it was amazing. I went before noon and only had to wait for 10 minutes. After the session, I relaxed inside the temple complex. The reclining Buddha is just amazing, it's really breathtaking and inspiring.

~mixty

Wat Pho or reclining buddha is on the river bed of chao phraya river and just next to the grand palace (wat phra kaeo). This is like one huge temple and it will easily take an hour or more to see it completely. It is a must watch temple out of all the other buddha temples in Bangkok.

~samarth

Beautiful place, with nice garden big area for a good walk. Very beautiful buildings, price 100 THB per person, NE ready for the appropriate dress code. my recommendation is go before the sunset to have the best night scene pictures when with the phone.

~oscar

Nice temple, It is worth to see. A lot of Buddhas, small, bigger, big. A lot of nice smaller buildings. 
But like in whole Bangkok dont believe peolple, even in uniforms and with id card hanging on their neck. One told us that the temple is closed and we are not able to access, which was a lie

~macka

If you need to choose between the grand palace and the reclining Buddha choose this one! He is so happy and beautiful and give you joy! Donnot forget to tip the monk bowls they told is prosperity we hoped so!!!

~bab

Start at SAPHAN TAKSIN Station 2pm. And short walk to the pier only pay for 50bath to go to wat arun and wat pho. Wat arun is under construction so not much to see just take a pic and buy a coconut there.

Wat pho is accross the wat arun so you hv to take a boat there and another short walk to the temple. Ticket to wat pho 100bath. And you hv to take off your shoes. Great place and great experience. After that dont forget to come to asiatique at night. Good one

~slena

I enjoyed this temple so much more than the Grand Palace. The entrance fee was a fifth of the price and water was provided. However, overall the compound felt more relaxing and spiritual. 

The reclining buddha is magnificent, the detail on his feet is spectacular. But Wat Pho also has some beautiful stupas and many other smaller buddhas. I felt having a guide really brought this place to life. I enjoyed looking at the massage statues and diagrams at the school and only wish we had had time to indulge in a massage.

One thing that was very interesting was watching the artists restore buddha statues - again our guide was valuable as she explained the process and translated for us any questions we had (including a request for a photograph).

From a practical point of view there seemed to be more shade and less crowds, the bathrooms were immaculate. 

I would return to Wat Pho. I'd not necessarily return to the Grand Palace.

~pug

Would recommend starting at the Palace as Waht Po is less than a kilometer away. We were there during the period of mourning for the king so there were ladies groups and fraternal organizations handing out bottled water and food to everyone on the streets. Even though it was for the mourners who waited in line for hours we tried to politely decline with no luck. The Thai people were wonderful and insisted.

~rep

We ended up visiting here almost by accident as the Grand Palace was closed to foreigners for reasons related to the King (we were literally turned away at the gates). It was probably a blessing in disguise as Wat Pho was excellent.
My tip is to wear long clothing with flip flops! Also, don't go on a empty stomach as it's huge and there's just a small shop with ice cream/crisps.
The only thing missing was a guide...these were available but it looked very "unofficial" - a scruffy looking bunch with a handwritten sign. We would probably have got this had it been more professional.

~janet

Bangkok, Thailand and southeast Asia in general is home to 1000s of temple. Some different, many similar. 
There's little point visiting them all but Wat Pho is possibly worth it.
The complex is huge. Many nooks and hidden corners.
Fantastic colours make for excellent photo ops.
Easy to get to in the centre of the city.
We paid 100baht to get into WatPho but we also saw people entering for free around another gate. 
They didn't seem too strict on dress code/attire which is useful for tourists, and they offer clothes for you to cover up in certain areas of the complex.
We were offered a few free drinks on our walk around the place.
You can hire a guide for 20baht per person inside the temple.
And the reclining Buddha.
Oh my.
It was huuuge.
Enjoy

~bob

The temple and grounds are nice. I hired the Guide and he'll help you Pray to the Buddha and show you the key sights. Otherwise, it's also nice to walk around on your own and walk in for a traditional thai massage at the Thai Massage School at the end.

~vicky

Walking distance from the Grand Palace, its easy to just do both in one day. Yet another giant complex. It goes without saying the primary focus is the giant reclining Buddha housed in one of the buildings. Much like all other temples, be respectful, there are some people there who are praying.

~nick

Not far from the grand palace, Wat Poh is known for the impressive reclining buddha and some other splendid sculptures and architecture but a lesser known fact is that it is the holy ground for Thai style massage: it keeps the ancient teaching about the nerve centers of a human body and the blood flow charts in stone engraving forms. It also hosts both training schools and massage services for visitors. Probably a more authentic experience of Thai massage!

~warren

Had been here several years ago and as usual not as memorable as the first time. We were the only ones there and definitely not as touristy as the other temples we have seen. Unfortuntaely the docent that was there pushed hard for us to buy jewelry and visit the "best tailor" in Bangkok. No refuge

~dyson

Who can not be wowed by this place. It was incredible and I kick myself for not allotting more time in Bangkok. Incredible workmanship and simply stunning. Writing this review while still fresh but I am sure that I am not saying anything new that hasn't already been said. There was a ceremony for the deceased King on the day I made my visit, so there were a lot of mourners in the area.

~trump

I enjoyed walking around this place. I'm a Christian and I'm blessed that I got a chance to see and observed the Buddhist religion. I liked the place, very solemn and I liked to watch the sleeping Buddha. first, before you can get inside you have to remain your shoes/sleeper outside then, wear a sarong if you have a backless or shorter dress. the management is not very strict when it comes to taking pictures of Buddha. I liked this temple and I want to go there again next time.

~reince

The water bus stop is closed right now for renovations so you have to go to Wat Arun stop on the other side of the river and get a ferry across to here - 3.50 baht I think! Or go to the Grand Palace stop - which is the next one and walk back, about 10 minutes, but it's very hot to do that. I went on a Sunday morning early and there were very few people here so a very nice experience. The reclining Buddha is very impressive. As others have said it's just 100 baht so it's good value.

~julian

My husband and I visited this temple while in Bangkok and were absolutely blown away by the grounds and the craftsmanship. We went early in the morning, and it was very quiet, which was nice. I would 100% recommend visiting. It was very warm when we went, but there were plenty of shaded spots to sit in. This temple can be done in a couple of hours and is conveniently located very close to both The Grand Palace and Wat Arun. A dress code is enforced.

~amber

The sheer size and glimmer of this statue is worth a visit. If you can visit only a few sights in Bangkok then make this one of them. It doesn't take too long to visit unless you want to meditate and rest in the quiet. This statue also makes for great pictures.

~taylor

I have heard many stories about the beauty of the reclining Buddha as a result of its size. With this being said, I thought I had a pretty good idea what I was going to see. Well it was far from it... I found myself in absolute awe of the size and magnificence of this Buddha. The 46m long, gold-leaf Buddha is a must see. 

However, on the negative side. The signs of "pick pocketors" made the experience slightly more tense. We had to make sure constantly that our bag was in front of us and our phones tightly held. 

When you go- make sure to explore the grounds. Beauty lies within every corner.

~ken

Lovely place to view some of the history and religion of Thailand. Usual scene of taking off your shoes and putting them in the bag. Only concern is the constant warnings of pickpockets looking to steal your stuff so be aware. Make sure you visit the entire Temple grounds as there as many things to be seen here and a rich history of the interaction between the Thai people and the Chinese people.

~stratis

The big Buddha is cool. Seriously huge.. the golden one was nice to look at either.. but the rest of this place is kinda okay. 100 baht seems okay for a tourist attraction of this kind. Especially since the grand palace next door costs 500 baht. I wouldnt go again, but well..

Notice.. there is no toilet paper in the puplic toilets there.. only the nice waterbrush the Thai love to use..

~bernd

This is one of the two must-see places in Bangkok. The Reclining Buddha is huge and the star attraction, but there is much else before besides. The grounds are nice, and it was much less crowded than the Grand Palace.

~hanaka

Visited today and it was well worth it. 100 baht entrance fee is pretty reasonable and there's plenty to see. Reclining budha is huge and very impressive. A nice place to stroll about and enjoy the peace

~cherry

What a stunning temple! The detail is remarkable and the reclining buddah left us in awe. We spent about 3-4 hours there exploring everything and reading up about the history of the temple but you could probably do it in less time if you had to. It cost us THB200 each to get in. Well worth the visit!

~victoria

Stunning statue. Arrive at opening time to keep away from vacationers (we had the place basically to ourselves). There's likewise bounty to find in whatever is left of the complex, not minimum visiting the School of Thai Massage, where you can reserve a spot for a thai back rub up until 1pm after which it's a first started things out served circumstance. Unquestionably worth getting a back rub there.

~roberts

In order to get the best Picture of the reclining Buddha, if you're doing a selfie take on inside however stand towards the end of the Buddha statue near the feet to get most of the statue in your selfie. If you're doing a full shot I suggest you go directly outside and place your lens between the window grates to capture the entire Buddha with your camera.

~gimny

Worth a visit. A must see in Bangkok. Located just behind Wat Phrae Keow and the Grand Palace. But has separate compounds. Idea of carrying footwear in to the temple with bag given there, sounds weird. Should have been a stand outside the temple, as anywhere else.

~jeya

A beautiful sensory experience walking through the temple complex with its myriad of cloistered spaces and Buddhas - but the prize is the giant reclining Buddha and it is breathtaking. There is a famous massage school on premises.

~jenn

We were stunned to see 46m long reclining Golden Buddha.. its amazing place.. pls do visit, it wont take much time...

NOTE : TAXI frauds: Be very aware of taxi drivers around the hotel.. we had one bad experience when we picked taxi front of the hotel for Wat Pho temple visit. As we had limited time we only selected this location to see, which we told taxi driver very clearly. He first tried to take us to other attractions & make half day tour, then when we told we don't have time take us temple directly, he lied to us that road around temple is closed & we might have to walk a lot, so he will drop us to pier from where we can take boat & reach directly to temple. this was trap we felt for & didn't see that it was not public pier but private tour operator who was charging us 1500 baht for 200 baht ride.. taxi driver just ran away after dropping us at pier.. We were so frustrated & angry..it wasted too much time. we left immediately from there and then booked taxi through GRAB app..

~matuo

We visited this temple on our last day in Thailand. Wed just been to the Grand Palace and, this being just a few minutes away, decided that we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see possibly the most famous Buddha in Thailand. The temple was stunning boasting the most incredible, intricate decoration and, of course, the Reclining Buddha. As we entered the grounds we were approached by a tour guide offering us a guided tour of the grounds. I was reluctant, at 400 baht for a 45 minute tour (and being desperately hungry!) But my partner insisted, so we agreed. The tour guide, who's name I can't remember, introduced himself and advised he was employed by the Wat. He was incredibly knowledgeable and very passionate about the Wat and all the secrets it holds. He took us all around the temple, inside and out, showing us parts that we wouldn't have seen otherwise and explaining, in good English, the temple's extensive history. The Reclining Buddha is an experience in its own right; an incredible sight to behold at, something like, a staggering 45 feet long and 15 feet high. If you're planning a trip to Bangkok, don't leave without seeing this national treasure!

~rachel

Very beautiful and well kept temple, definitely worth a visit when in Bangkok. Do watch out for the scam though, we arrived by boat and were told that both, Grand Palace and Wat Pho were closed for another 2 hours so the guy offered us a tuk tuk trip to do some sightseeing in the area. We almost believed him (he was super nice and polite!) but when he mentioned big jewellery shop i suddenly remembered all the tripadvisor's warnings! Obviously when we made our way to the temple, it was open as usual.

~carol

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