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Reclining Buddha | Bangkok

Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temple complexes in Bangkok. It's also the home of a 46m reclining Buddha.

Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, to summarise Wikipedia. There's the big reclining Buddha but also - which I hadn't realised before - lots of other temples in the same area, which justifies the 100 Baht entrance fee. I apologise in advance for the hundreds of near-identical photos, I'm working on cutting the number down!!


Wat Pho is one of only six temples in Thailand to be classed as a royal temple and was actually built before Bangkok was even established as a capital city. The temple complex is most commonly associated with King Rama I who, in 1782, moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok and built Wat Pho on a previous temple site. 

 Getting edgy with my photo layouts. 

Getting edgy with my photo layouts. 


In 1832 King Rama III began to renovate the complex by englarging it and adding the temple of the reclining Buddha. Nowadays the temple complex is home to over 1000 Buddha images and is one of the largest in Bangkok. As well as the reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is also famous  Chinese giants statues that guard the gates.


No visit to Bangkok is complete without a visit to Wat Pho. It's located just next to the Grand Palace so it's really easy to find but just remember to dress appropriately (no short shorts or scrappy tops) and enjoy your visit!