Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex in Bangkok. Wat Pho is a short form of Wat Photaram, but its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan. The finest collection of over 1,000 Buddha images are found at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is best known for one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand, from which it gets its nickname. It is 150 feet long and over 49 feet high. His feet alone are 9 feet wide and almost 15 feet long. They have 108 panels with the different symbols of Buddha embellished in them. Buddha is reclining as a representation of his entering Nirvana, which meant no more reincarnations. In front of the reclining Buddha are 108 bowls where tourists can donate coins for good luck.
It isn’t all about the reclining Buddha. This temple is a place of education with various stone tablets with graphic accounts of different subject matters. Even the 24 rock gardens have lessons on massage and yoga. Visitors are welcome to the larger of the two compounds on the north side. The other is the home of the monks and a school. The best time to visit is in April when the temple holds a celebration for the reclining Buddha.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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