TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA

Wat Pho is another beautiful temple worth visiting in Bangkok. You could spend your entire evening walking around the temple grounds admiring the architecture. It is one of the largest and oldest wats in Thailand and regarded as the birthplace of the Thai massage. So maybe give one of those a try when you’re in the area!
This temple is also home to the famous Reclining Buddha – a golden statue stretching 160ft long, with feet made entirely out of Mother of Pearl. The Reclining Buddha attracts thousands of visitors every year and I’ve found it to be particularly busy on the weekends. Next to the hall where the reclining Buddha lays, is a garden with a bodhi tree that I enjoy walking around and lighting incense under. The tree was placed there to represent the one Buddha sat under while awaiting enlightenment. And there are really enchanting little trinkets and masks people have placed under the tree as offerings. Whenever I visited the area, it was always really peaceful.

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Just like at Wat Arun, there is a dress code to show respect, so don’t expose skin above the knees or shoulders. I recommend getting to the temple by taking the BTS to Saphan Taksin stop and then hopping on a boat from there, it eliminates waiting in traffic. If you’re like me and jam a bunch of activities into one day because you’re overly excited and simply can’t control yourself…it’s only about a 10 minute walk to the Grand Palace and just across the river from Wat Arun, so you can check those out too!