One of the highlights of my Bangkok work trip was visit to the Wat Pho Temple. It is one of the most revered temples in thailand and also the most popular among tourists/travelers. The key of its popularity is the Reclining Buddha Statue and being the birth place of the Thai traditional Massage Technique.
Sharing my experiences from the visit here.
The full name of Wat Pho temple is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. It is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Thailand and has been re-structed and refurbished many times int he last 260 years. The temple complex is spread out though there are many visitors at any time during the day, it never feels crowded. I loved the architecture and open spaces in the temple. The entry fees is 150 baht (300 INR approx).
Ofcourse, the most spectacular piece of architecture (or schulpture) here is the reclinig Buddha…which really astounded me with its size and the finesse.
There was this interesting ritual of offering coins is bowls, as a charitable gesture for the monks. the bowls were lined up on the wall opposite to the Reclinign buddha statue. I also took part in this ritual and was more excited by the clang of coin against the metal bowl rather than the objective of the ritual!!
The Wat Pho temple complex also has many buddha statues housed in separate buildings and one has to walk around to see them…therefore, one can see any many or as less as one wants.
I particularly liked the ornate windows of the temple.
Overall, the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok is a nice place for sightseeing if one is interested in history and architecture.