Wat Pho - History and Massage

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by bettybetty10 on July 8, 2008

Wat (Thai for temple) Pho is right next to the Grand Palace. It’s the home for the gigantic reclining Buddha, and it is really an awesome sight! Surprisingly, there weren’t many crowds at Wat Pho, so we could wander around at our leisure. The Buddha is really gigantic, but offers a great photo op.

On the grounds, there also seems to be a primary school of some sort, and as we were wandering the premises, there were boys playing soccer. One of the boys kicked the ball and it smacked me right on the shoulder! I feigned pain, and he genuinely looked upset, but I laughed it off. We found some smaller figures and other areas of prayer.

We had given up on finding the Wat Pho Massage school, when we saw it near the exit. We were very hot and tired, and the AC was very welcome!! We each got a half hour massage for 260 Baht each. It was very good (although quite hard, so if you like a softer massage, this may not be the one for you). I heard and read that the wait might be long, but at 2pm in the afternoon, there was no wait at all.

I believe the entrance fee was 50 Baht.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Rattanakosin District Adjacent To Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
+66 02 222 5910; 226


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