Temple of the Reclining Buddha
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, known as Wat Pho in Thai, is a Buddhist temple complex which is most known for its 150-foot gold-plated "Reclining Buddha" sculpture. If you prefer quantity over quality, head to the northeastern section of the complex to visit 394 seated Buddhas. While paying your respects, you might also want to undergo—ahem, enjoy—a traditional Thai massage administered by one of the in-house monks. (These are generally considered pretty painful by American massage standards.)
Many travelers say that seeing this Buddha is a must-do. But one TripAdvisor user offers some helpful advice about when to go: "Better to do this trip in the morning, when it is a little cooler. We found the sweltering heat a little tiring by afternoon!"
You'll find this temple in the Old City, in walking distance of the Grand Palace. If you're traveling by Skytrain, the closest stop is Hua Lamphong. Wat Pho open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cost per person is 50 THB (about $1.60 USD). For more information, consult the official website; however, it's written mostly in Thai.