Wat Pho or “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is one of Bangkok’s most attractive temples. It is a very visited temple complex due to its location immediately south of the Grand Palace and the large reclining Buddha image it houses.
The officially named Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkhalaram temple is one of the six temples in Thailand that are of the highest quality among the first-class royal temples.
Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, which is more than any other Wat in Thailand. Most of the pictures were taken from abandoned temples in places like Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, by order of King Rama I.
After the founding of Bangkok in the region of Ko Rattanakosin in 1782 and the construction of the Grand Palace, King Rama I ordered the construction of Wat Pho. The temple was built on the site of an older temple dating from the Ayutthaya era, named Wat Photharam, right next to the Grand Palace.
During the reign of King Rama III, the temple complex was renovated and expanded, which took 16 years.
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