After visiting the stunning Wat Arun, it was time for us to explore another temple in the heart of Bangkok, Wat Pho. Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and is home to the magnificent Reclining Buddha. In this final part of the series, let me share with you my experience exploring the tranquil grounds of Wat Pho. Let’s go~! (@´ー`)ノ゙

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Journey to Wat Pho via the River-Crossing Ferry

LATEST UPDATE (APR 2024): From 5 April onwards, the Chao Phraya Express Orange Line will no longer stop at Wat Arun. This is due to the reopening of the Tha Tien Pier, which was previously closed for renovation. This is good news for those visiting Wat Pho, as Tha Tien Pier is just right outside the temple!

Going to Wat Pho is rather simple since it is just directly on the other side of the Chao Praya River from Wat Arun. So after our lunch, we made our way to the Wat Arun Pier to cross the river. Once we got there, we saw a ferry already at the pier! Worrying that we might need to wait for a long time for the next ferry, we made a mad dash for it. Haha! We paid 5 THB (~0.20 SGD) per person at the booth and passed through the gantry to get on the ferry. And it turned out the ferry was not in a hurry to leave anyway. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

While searching for more information on this ferry, I found a post by THAIest. The post shared about the river-crossing ferries in Bangkok. So instead of the Chao Praya Express boat, we took a river-crossing ferry! The difference between them is that the latter only ferries people across the river, and the journey is usually short. These ferries also usually come with limited seating. I was wondering back then why there was so much standing space as compared to the usual Chao Praya boats. And now I know why. (´• ω •`)

Exploring Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Anyway, the ferry brought us to the Tah Tian Pier. From there, it was just a short walk to Wat Pho. You just have to walk along the yellow shophouses once you come out of the pier. In just a short moment, you would see Wat Pho right in front of you. Once you cross the zebra crossing, continue walking straight along Thai Wang Road, and you will find the entrance. There seemed to be a few entrances that you could take to get into Wat Pho. But this entrance has an official ticket booth, so it seems to be THE entrance.

The entrance we took, that is located along Thai Wang Road, at Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha as well as a view of the Tah Tian Pier exit/entrance

Entrance Fee & Dress Code

It costs 200 THB (~7.60 SGD) per person to enter the temple. A quick check on its website shows that the entrance fee would be adjusted to 300 THB from January 2024 onwards. So if you have yet to visit Wat Pho and are going to Bangkok in 2023, better make use of the lower entrance fee to visit!

Like many temples in Thailand, it is a must to dress modestly when visiting temples. The same rule applies when you visit Wat Pho. The general rule of thumb is to wear clothes that cover both your shoulders and knees. One of the most popular choices is a T-shirt paired with elephant pants or long skirts for extra comfort. I don’t remember if they have cover-up rentals at Wat Pho, so just assume there are none and bring along a cover-up in your bag instead. In this way, if you are wearing shorts, you can just remove the cover-up once you are done. ( ´ ω ` )

Being Amazed by The Reclining Buddha

Once we got out of the ticketing booth, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha was just right beside us! We took a peek at the Buddha through the side openings, and it already looked so grand from the outside. (°〇°)

Before entering the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, you would have to take off your shoes, like all temples in Thailand. The unique thing about this temple is that instead of leaving your shoes on a shoe rack or just leaving them on the steps, they provide reusable bags at the temple entrance. So you would grab a bag, put your shoes in it and carry it with you until you exit the temple. I think this is a rather good system so you don’t have to spend time looking for your shoes, especially when there is a crowd. (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b

The entrance to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Once hubs and I entered the temple, I was immediately captivated by the grandeur of the Reclining Buddha. It made me feel so small in the presence of the Buddha. Interestingly, despite the crowd, it was rather quiet in the temple. Everyone was being very respectful while taking their photos and videos. I felt like I could stay in the temple ’cause I was feeling so at peace inside.

At the end of the Reclining Buddha, you can even see the soles of Buddha’s feet, which have really beautiful artwork on them. I honestly did not expect to see the soles of Buddha, let alone such intricate design. I was assuming that the whole statue would be gold throughout, including the soles. Everything about the Temple of the Reclining Buddha was just amazing. (´ ω `♡)

Different views of the Reclining Buddha inside the temple at Wat Pho

It Doesn’t Stop with Just a Temple at Wat Pho!

The temple ground of Wat Pho is HUGE! As compared to Wat Arun, I think there is so much more to see and explore here. Since we didn’t have a guide with us, after a while, it felt a bit repetitive since we didn’t know the significance of what we were seeing. So if you are visiting Wat Arun and Wat Pho, I would advise getting a guide so that you can gain more knowledge during your visit. I will be visiting Bangkok again with my parents and a guide soon, so I will keep you updated again~! ( ´ ω ` )

Buddha statues in the temple grounds of Wat Pho as well as a map showing the temple compound

Overall Experience at Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

I highly recommend visiting Wat Pho to admire the Reclining Buddha. It just felt so grand yet so peaceful at the same time in the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. I am sure you will feel the same way when you visit. As I mentioned, the temple ground of Wat Pho is huge. So ideally, I would recommend having a guide so that you would appreciate everything that you see in the temple. Otherwise, you might end up like us, feeling the temple fatigue after a while.

Buddha statues lining the side of the walls and the exterior of a structure at Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho is also well-known for its traditional Thai massage as it has a massage school that provides training for people who aspire to be massage therapists. After all the walking, you might want to consider getting yourself a good massage there as well. ( ´ ω ` )

Information about Wat Pho


⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 6.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +66 83 057 7100

You can find out more about Wat Pho here:
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