Wat Pho is a beautiful Buddhist temple in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. However, the official name of the Buddhist temple (=wat) is way more complicated. “Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn” is the first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples.
So much for theory. Wat Pho is presently a site of historical and cultural significance and a depository of uncountable works of art. Discovering the temple as a foreigner for a small entrance fee offers deep insights of the religious culture.
Being used for monastic rituals, The Ordination Hall’s design is in line with Buddhist cosmological concepts.
The Reclining Buddha is one of the most well-known and popular icons in Thailand.
Commonly known as “Phra Buddha Saiyas”, the Reclining Buddha is located in the northwestern corner of the temple. If you want to see it, be aware that you have to get off your shoes and that you have to wear something appropriate to show respect.
In order to honor the first four monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty, the Great Pagodas of Four Kings have been erected in Wat Pho.
Travelling to other countries always means discovering and indulging in another culture.
While Bangkok itself definitely is exciting, it is a whole different story to indulge in another religion and its rituals – as far as this is possible, not meant to be offensive.
Wat Pho is a lovely temple, showing one of the most beautiful religious places in Thailand. As long as you behave in a respectful way, you will be welcomed warmly. Don’t be afraid and enjoy!