COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Wat Pho
Vacation Travel Guide

Wat Pho which includes religious aspects, interior views and a temple or place of worship
The “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is the largest temple in the country and has more Buddha statues than any other Thai temple.

Wat Po is one of the top attractions in Bangkok for Thai people and tourists alike. The large temple is famous for its giant Reclining Buddha and has more Buddha statues than any other temple in the country. It is also one of the oldest public universities in the country and the official school of traditional Thai massage.

The temple is officially called Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, which explains why most non-Thai speakers refer to it as “The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.” The Thai abbreviation Wat Pho comes from Wat Phodharam, a lost monastery of the Ayutthaya period. King Rama I of the Chakri dynasty had the temple re-established, which took nearly eight years. King Rama III spent another 16 years restoring and extending it and King Rama IV gave it its present name.

When you enter the hall where the 150-foot (46-meter) long Reclining Buddha rests, drop a coin into one of the bronze bowls for good fortune. The 108 bowls represent the 108 different positive characters of the Buddha. The resting statue itself is covered in gold leaf and represents the Buddha passing into nirvana. Look for the mother-of-pearl inlays on the soles of his giant feet.

While this figure is the biggest attraction, you’ll find more than a thousand Buddha statues in the complex. The medical university on the temple’s grounds is a school for traditional medicine and, more famously, Thai massage. Bring extra baht to experience an invigorating rub. Visit the library, which is decorated with shards of porcelain, and don’t miss the ancient descriptions of massage techniques. Cross the road to visit the working monastery and talk with the monks they love to practice their English.

Wat Pho is next to the Grand Palace and the same dress code applies: cover your arms legs and feet before you step inside. The easiest way to get there is by ferry or taxi. There is an admission fee and guided tours are available. The temple is open daily.

The “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is the largest temple in the country and has more Buddha statues than any other Thai temple.

Wat Po is one of the top attractions in Bangkok for Thai people and tourists alike. The large temple is famous for its giant Reclining Buddha and has more Buddha statues than any other temple in the country. It is also one of the oldest public universities in the country and the official school of traditional Thai massage.

The temple is officially called Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, which explains why most non-Thai speakers refer to it as “The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.” The Thai abbreviation Wat Pho comes from Wat Phodharam, a lost monastery of the Ayutthaya period. King Rama I of the Chakri dynasty had the temple re-established, which took nearly eight years. King Rama III spent another 16 years restoring and extending it and King Rama IV gave it its present name.

When you enter the hall where the 150-foot (46-meter) long Reclining Buddha rests, drop a coin into one of the bronze bowls for good fortune. The 108 bowls represent the 108 different positive characters of the Buddha. The resting statue itself is covered in gold leaf and represents the Buddha passing into nirvana. Look for the mother-of-pearl inlays on the soles of his giant feet.

While this figure is the biggest attraction, you’ll find more than a thousand Buddha statues in the complex. The medical university on the temple’s grounds is a school for traditional medicine and, more famously, Thai massage. Bring extra baht to experience an invigorating rub. Visit the library, which is decorated with shards of porcelain, and don’t miss the ancient descriptions of massage techniques. Cross the road to visit the working monastery and talk with the monks; they love to practice their English.

Wat Pho is next to the Grand Palace and the same dress code applies: cover your arms legs and feet before you step inside. The easiest way to get there is by ferry or taxi. There is an admission fee and guided tours are available. The temple is open daily.

Top things to do in Wat Pho

Top Hotels Close to Wat Pho

Riva Arun Bangkok
Riva Arun Bangkok
4 out of 5
392/25-26 Maharaj Road, Phraborom Maharajawang, Pranakorn, Bangkok
The price is CA $47 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Siam and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (484 reviews)
"My 2nd stay. Booked 3 rooms. Excellent services. Great location to Wat Bho. Great view of Wat Arun. Restaurants nearby are tasty with cool ambient. Will go back again."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2020

Riva Arun Bangkok
Pho Hostel
Pho Hostel
2 out of 5
109 Soi Tha Ruea Daeng, Maharat Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok
Get rates
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also ...
Pho Hostel
Arom d Hostel
Arom d Hostel
3 out of 5
336 Maharaj road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
Get rates
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and Wat Pho. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (12 reviews)
Good value
"Good location and great view terrace . Good value and lovely staff ."

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2019

Arom d Hostel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Wat Pho

Thailand: Beyond Bangkok

Thailand: Beyond Bangkok

Thailand: Beyond Bangkok
An Introduction to Thailand: Highlights for the First-time Visitor

An Introduction to Thailand: Highlights for the First-time Visitor

An Introduction to Thailand: Highlights for the First-time Visitor
Top 5 Cities to Put on Your New Year’s Resolutions List

Top 5 Cities to Put on Your New Year’s Resolutions List

Top 5 Cities to Put on Your New Year’s Resolutions List

Popular places to visit in Wat Pho

Wat Pho

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Best Lodging Options Near Wat Pho

Chetuphon Gate
Chetuphon Gate
3 out of 5
370-372 Soi Pratoo Nokyoong, Maharaj Road, Bangkok
The price is CA $25 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Chetuphon Gate
Riva Arun Bangkok
Riva Arun Bangkok
4 out of 5
392/25-26 Maharaj Road, Phraborom Maharajawang, Pranakorn, Bangkok
The price is CA $47 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Riva Arun Bangkok
Pho Hostel
Pho Hostel
2 out of 5
109 Soi Tha Ruea Daeng, Maharat Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok
Pho Hostel
Arom d Hostel
Arom d Hostel
3 out of 5
336 Maharaj road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
Arom d Hostel
Inn A Day
Inn A Day
3.5 out of 5
57-61 Maharat Road, Phra nakhon, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is CA $95 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Inn A Day
Sabai Sabai Liveaboard Bangkok
Sabai Sabai Liveaboard Bangkok
Bangkok, Bangkok Province
The price is CA $33 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Sabai Sabai Liveaboard Bangkok
ARUN Riverside Bangkok
ARUN Riverside Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
87-89 Maharaj Road, Phrabarommaharachawaang, Bangkok, Phranakorn
The price is CA $76 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
ARUN Riverside Bangkok
sala rattanakosin
sala rattanakosin
4 out of 5
Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is CA $109 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
sala rattanakosin
196 Oldtown Chic
196 Oldtown Chic
3 out of 5
196 Soi Phraya Si, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is CA $27 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
196 Oldtown Chic
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.