THE TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA
Updated: Jul 20, 2018
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha - (Wat Pho), is a Buddhist temple, 725 meters from the Grand Palace in Bangkok. (Be careful to sk Taxi and Tuk TuK drivers for directions, they usually belong to a scam) The temple has the largest collection of Buddha figurines in Thailand; including the world-renowned 46 meter long gold plated reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's most oldest temples and holds a the highest grade of first-class royal temples. It was originally named Wat Photaram, referring to the monastery of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment.
It was built before Bangkok was even founded in 1782. It expanded and was rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, which became this foremost temple, even some of The Kings ashes of the time are enshrined there.