Wat Phra Chetuphon

Wat Phra Chetuphon, Bangkok

Wat Phra Chetuphon
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok features the famous Reclining Buddha, which is the largest in Thailand measuring more than 150 feet in length.
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QPixels
Southampton, UK302 contributions
Apr 2022
Start early and go first to the Reclining Buddha, and you will avoid the crowds. The rest of the temple is much less crowded, at least before noon, and we had nearly every vihara all to ourselves, and even the Phra Ubosot was rather empty. it took us a good few hours to stroll around and let everything sink in. It is a beautiful temple, and there is much to see. Do not forget water, a hat and sun protection.
Written April 23, 2022
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,546 contributions
Jul 2020
Wat Phra Cetuphon, also know as Wat Pho, is a 'must see' for anyone visiting Bangkok. My wife and I visited as part of an "Introduction to Bangkok" Tour, operated by Exo Travel Thailand. We pre-booked this with our Travel Agent, Trailfinders, prior to leaving the UK and that was worth doing. Our guide picked us up at our hotel and took us around the city, using various modes of transport, and visiting all of the most important sightseeing places. His knowledge of every place visited was invaluable, and saved us having to stop regularly to read up on the history of each place.

Wat Phra is probably best known for the Reclining Buddha which, at 15 metres in height and 46 metres in length, is extremely impressive. Because of it's size, and the fact that is is enclosed inside the Viharn Phranorn Chapel, it is very difficult to get really good photos, but taking a camera with you is absolutely essential. In spite of it being, obviously, very busy, we were able to get great views of it as we walked all the way around.

Other parts of Wat Phra / Wat Pho, especially worth seeing, are Phra Chedi Rai, Phra Rabiang Cloisters, Sala Karn Parien, Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, Phra Ubosot and Phra Mondop. This is why going with a knowledgeable guide is such an advantage, as the names and history of each part are explained to you, saving invaluable time if you wish to visit other popular sights on the same day.
Written July 5, 2020
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Michael Z
54 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
It was already the second time that I visited the famous Wat Pho. The craft of the people who formed this massive Buddha is really impressive.
To get more details, I suggest to book a guide who can give you some background information.
Written April 13, 2022
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Krubee
Singapore, Singapore517 contributions
Jan 2020
One of Bangkok's oldest temple built in the 16th century by King Rama I. It existed even before Bangkok was established. It is one of the largest temple complex in Bangkok with the longest reclining Buddha image at 46 m in length. The temple ground itself has an area of 80K sqm with halls, chedis, belfries, and a central shrine. Chinese guard statues can also be found guarding the complex. The ticket to enter the complex is around 100 baht with water. The chanel and reclining Buddha were built in 1832 by King Rama III. The image represents the enter of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. Made of Gold it rests on its right hand while reclining. Alongside the Buddha stands 108 bronze bowls representing the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. It is also the birthplace of Thai Massage and Traditional medicine and a school is established there since 1955. One of Bangkok's most famous tourist attractions easiest way to get there is by boat taking the Chao Praya Tourist boat (around 200 baht whole day unlimited) from Saphan Taksin and alight at Wat Arun, from here go to Pier 4 and take the local boat to Wat Pho (around 4 baht). Taking tour package, train or taxi are also the other options. Wat Pho is situated near the south gate of the Grand Palace which is a walking distance and there are plenty of eateries, cafes, souvenir items and street foods right across it. A must see attraction when you visit Bangkok :=)
Written January 30, 2020
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JSDRY
Bangkok, Thailand52 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Brought friends who we’re visiting Thailand for the first time. Went in around 430 in the afternoon (no ticket charge), and there were very few people in the entire temple.
We had the entire place to ourselves and it had been newly renovated for the funeral of His Majesty Rama ๙
The sheer massive size of the reclining Buddha is quite impressive, not to mention how beautiful the image is, adorned in gold paint and gold leaf.
This is a “must do” on any list for Bangkok, whether a first time visitor or long time resident.
Written March 24, 2022
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Anne06134369188
New York City, NY4 contributions
Nov 2021
Wat Pho, site of the reclining Buddha. Really worth a visit, the golden Buddha is massive and really hard to photograph for this reason. The site itself gets really busy and it gets really baking hot in the summer months so suggest arriving early to miss the scoring heat and the crowds. Once inside you can walk round the buddha which is under shade. Breathtakingly beautiful and really worth a visit. You can't really get a sense of the scale of the statue from photos, you need to see it for yourself. Its 46meters long. wow!!!!
Written November 19, 2021
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juSS
257 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
If you are in Bangkok, whether to take in the culture, history, architecture or even if you are just stopping en route to another part of Thailand the reclining Buddha is a sight worth seeing. The Buddha is huge and inside the main part of the temple where the Buddha is, the art on the walls is brilliant. Most people only see the large reclining Buddha but there is lot more detail and art to observe here, and around on the grounds.

Make sure to go around - just when you think the whole Buddha is golden you get to the end and see the feet of the Buddha with a lot of detail and patterns.

You are provided with bags outside. You must take off your shoes and put them in a bag and carry them with you (likely to avoid a pile of shoes all over the place and your shoes going missing amongst the large tourist crowds that tend to visit the site).
Written August 23, 2020
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Kaymtravel7
Los Angeles, CA800 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Another must see in Bangkok. It’s rather close to the Grand Palace, so an easy walk. The reclining Buddha is definitely spectacular to behold. As with most temples, you must take your shoes off to go inside, so I recommend wearing or bringing socks so that you do not have to walk barefoot. The dress code is very strict here as well.
Written April 2, 2020
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Lifestartedwithyou
17 contributions
Aug 2019
The entry fee into this attraction is 200 Baht per person which is relatively cheap for a tourist hot spot. We were blown away, the temple grounds are beautiful to walk around and the reclining Buddha is something you must see with your own eyes, it is absolutely huge! To make it even better we got to witness monks praying, which was breath taking. We loved walking around and would definitely rate this as one of our favourite attractions in Bangkok.
Written March 13, 2020
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Ronald70
24 contributions
Feb 2020
A top highlight in Bangkok, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo features the Emerald Buddha, beautiful Ramakien Murals, and an amazing small structure we were told is where the King had his hair cut. Our BKK guide Nadia balanced perfectly the amount of historical information needed to appreciate the site. We were there during the onset of the virus concerns so there were not that many people!
Written March 10, 2020
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