Bangkok, Thailand: Wat Pho Temple

If you only get to visit one temple in Bangkok, visit Wat Pho. It is the city’s oldest and biggest temple.

reclining-buddha

The main feature: the Reclining Buddha which is 151 feet long and 50 feet high, made of brick plaster and gold leaf. A reclining Buddha is said to represent arrival at Nirvana, defined as the state of all-knowing.

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The Reclining Buddha’s feet feature mother-of-pearl inlay.

As you enter the inner courtyard of the temple, you will see huge stone statues of foreigners known as ‘farang’ in Thai.

wat-pho-farang-statue

Around the grounds, you will see 100 chedi. (They are decorated with porcelain mosaic.)

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Wat Pho also serves as the home of Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School. You can get a whole body or foot massage right on the grounds. No appointment is necessary. Wait times are not that long as there are many masseurs on site. $280 Thai Baht can get you a 30-minute foot massage.

Check out the temple’s website: http://www.watpho.com

If you are looking for a great authentic Thai, check out Ruen Thai

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Or, if you want to ride an elephant while in Thailand, check out the Maese Elephant Camp.

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That’s the Lowdown!

 

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