Travel tips you can trust
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
This Bangkok temple houses an extraordinary gold-plated Buddha statue measuring 46 meters (150 feet) in length.
It depicts the perishing Buddha transcending from mortal life into a state of nirvana.
Besides its length, the 19th century reclining Buddha statue is known for its serene facial expression and its oversized, mother-of-pearl inlaid soles.
When to go
Arrive early or late in the day when tour bus groups are few or nonexistent. Otherwise, the desired serenity of the venue will be spoiled by a bevy of loud-talking tour guides in a tight space.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha resides in the large walled compound of the Wat Pho temple complex, which sits next to the Grand Palace.
Wat Pho pointers
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is by far its most popular attraction. Most visitors come to see only it.
A major tourism shortcoming with Wat Pho in general is its diminished historical authenticity. Nearly all its structures are restorations and bear slight resemblance to the original ones.
However, Wat Pho has some venues of interest, including the Chedi pagodas, the Ubosot hall's altar and statue, and the thousand onsite Buddhas.
The globally known traditional Thai massage style originated here and is offered to visitors at a reasonable price.
Location in Thailand
tips & rankings
Click blue links
Cruise line ratings
Special interest cruising
World wonder rankings
Other tips & advice