Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimon Mangkararam or Wat Pho for short is believed to be founded during the 16th century and later served as The Royal Temple of King Rama I of Chakri Dynasty. Not only is Wat Pho one of the most visited Buddhist temples in Bangkok, but it is also where history, medical science, and educational institutes are merged.
Laid inside the main ordination hall is the sacred 46 meter long reclining Buddha, whose feet are beautifully inlaid with pearls and are carved with holy signs.
Wat Pho is also known as the nation’s first “public university,” due to the 1,360 medical, historical and liberal science marble inscriptions that are placed around the temple, which allow people to read and learn from them at any time. The marble inscriptions about medical sciences, anatomy, and orthopedics are the origins of Wat Pho’s traditional Thai massage principles, which helped Thai massage methods gain traction all over the world.
The traditional service, nowadays, is also available at the nearby pavilion. Moreover, in 2008, Wat Pho was listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MOW) as a documentary heritage for Asia and Pacific Region.
Wat Pho opens daily from 08:00-18:30. Tourists are appreciated to dress politely, no shorts, although trousers are permitted. To read more about Wat Pho, visit website www.watpho.com