Wat Pho is the popular name for Wat Phra Chetuphon. This world famous temple , one of Bangkok's oldest and largest, is located right south to the Grand Palace. Wat Pho was built by King Rama I (reigned 1782-1809) nearly 200 years ago and houses a gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha, 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The reclining posture depicts the transcendence of Buddha from the mortal world into nirvana. the immortal state of absolute peace. The unique feature of the image is the Buddha's soles with intricately inlaid mother-of-pearl illustrations, of the 108 auspicious physical features of the Buddha. Wat Pho is the temple with largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educated people on varied subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation and Thai traditional massage. The temple is also the headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok. Thai-style massage is available in two open plan areas within the temple grounds.
The temple is open daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Admission fee is 20 Baht. Proper attire is essential - no shorts, sleeveless shirts or shower thongs. Telephone - 2220933.
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