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Bangkok, is a city that never sleeps nearby canals and Chao Phraya River give a constant activity, streets as Sukhumvit or Silom always crowded, street shops and restaurants. Here you will find a bangkok guide, of the different city, shops, restaurants, hotels that offer their terraces brunch, secret corners (not only exists Grand Palace to visit!). Come spend a ONEDAY us to the city of angels. For sure it will surprise you.
Bangkok Wa Pho

famous for hosting the impressive statue of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok situated 500m from the Grand Palace, is famous for hosting the impressive statue of the Reclining Buddha. Its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan.
Named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived, it was built during the reign of Rama I. For its construction they used fragments of a Buddha image that was destroyed by the Burmese in Ayutthaya in 1767.
Prior to this temple there was another on the same site and also a traditional Thai medical school where there were statues in yoga positions.
Next to the temple there is a garden whose main attraction is a Bodhi tree which, they say, is a cutting from the original tree where Buddha sat in meditation waiting for enlightenment.
This temple is considered the first public university in Thailand, where science, religion, and literature are taught and there is a school of traditional medicine and Thai massage.

The complex of Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest of Thailand, is 8 acres, is divided into two parts separated by a wall and has more than one thousand Buddha images. We highlight the incredible chedis or stupas worked in tile and ceramic, there are 91 and the 4 larger near the temple of the Reclining Buddha are dedicated to the four kings of the Chakri dynasty, from Rama I to Rama IV. The yard has 16 doors protected by huge stone statues imported from China, each one different from the other.

The statue of the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas) is covered in gold leaf and is 46 meters long and 15 high, the feet are 3 meters high and 4.5 meters long, with engravings of mother-of-pearl (nacre) that show the 108 ways in which Buddha is represented, a flower, a white elephant, a tiger, etc..
Behind the statue there is a hall with 108 bronze bowls, for 20 bath you can get a container of coins and go depositing them in each of the bowls which symbolize the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha, it brings good luck and help the monks to maintain the temple.

Cautions:
- As in all Buddhist temples a dress code is required, you cannot wear shorts and tank tops.
- Do not rely on the friendly strangers who say that the temple is closed and try to sell you a tuk-tuk trip, or something else…

Address:
Sanam Chai Road and Maharaj Road. 500m from the Grand Palace.

Schedule:
From 8:00 to 17:00 h. Daily.

Price:
100 bath.

Transportation:
Taxi or tuk-tuk
Chao Praya Express Boat, Tha Tian Express stop.
Bus lines 1, 3, 9, 12, 25, 32, 43, 44, 47, 48, 51, 53, 82, 103.

www.watpho.com


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