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This is possibly the most interesting temple in Thailand as it combines history, medical science and is a center for mediation and traditional massage training. Its official name is Wat Phrachetuphon Vimon Mangkararam Ratchaworamahawihan, although it is commonly called Wat Pho.
Founded during the 16th century, Wat Pho is most famous for the golden reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters and has feet inlaid with mother-of pearl. This is the main attraction that draws visitors to the temple. In more modern times, Wat Pho has gained international recognition as a meditation centre and for the traditional Thai massage that is both practiced and taught here.
Wat Trai Mit:
Have you ever seen five and a half tons of gold? Wat Trai Mit, near the Bangkok Railway Station at Hua Lamphong, is home to the famous Golden Buddha which is 3 meters high.
The Golden Buddha is believed to be 700 to 800 years old as it is in the Mara attitude, typical of the Sukhothai era. It was installed at Wat Phrayakrai in the Yannawa area of Bangkok during the reign of King Rama III where it stayed until 1931.
The temple had fallen out of use and was abandoned so the Ecclesiastical Commission had it relocated at Wat Trai Mit. At this time, no one seemed to know that it was made of pure gold.
To stand at the main gateway and look upon the Monastery of Five Kings is a sight to behold. The perfect symmetry and proportions must inspire admiration of this architectural masterpiece.
It is advisable to come in the early morning to see local people offering alms to the monks as they do not go outside as monks at other temple do. Stand at the main entrance to the compound and watch the pigeons take flight. If you can’t be there at this time, go at sunset when the main doors are illuminated. This is another sight well worth witnessing.
Pick-up from most hotels; Local Licensed Guide English Speaking; Entrance fee; Vehicle with Air Condition.
Distance Supplement for some hotels; Food and Beverages; Personal Expense; Gratuity.
Hours of operation
Available: Daily; Departs at 1:30pm.
Approximately 3.5 hours.
Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate.
Guest must call to reconfirm tour within 48 hours.
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