Wat Pho

Wat Pho, Bangkok 2012

Wat Pho is a royal temple of the First Class, a Buddhist temple located in the center of Bangkok’s historic old town, just south of the Royal Palace. His official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan. Since Wat Photharam was already mentioned in the Ayutthaya chronicle of the reign of Phra Petracha, it was probably already founded in the 17th century.

The main attraction today is the famous 46-meter long and 15-meter-high gilded lying Buddha statue. Visibly visible is the group of four Chedis, Phra Maha Chedi Si Ratchakan, each 42 meters high and covered with mosaics of different colors. The first was built by King Rama I and contains the remains of the Buddha statue “Phra Si Sanphet”.

King Rama III. had over 1400 wall inscriptions and paintings that included Thai poetry, treatises on traditional medicine and massage, botany, astrology, the art of war, history, and religion. As well as the provinces and religious institutions of that time, during the renovation of Wat Pho in 1831-41 Of the Reich as well as foreign peoples. These were accessible to the public and can, therefore, be described in some way as a first open university in Thailand. Therefore, Wat Pho is mainly considered as a place for the preservation and spread of traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. Since 2011 the “epigraphic archive” of the Wat Pho has been listed as a world documentary by UNESCO.


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