***Wat Pho is named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived.
***The site of the present temple used to be the center of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions.
***The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
***Reclining Buddha dimension --- 15m high, 43 m long.
It is a Buddha enclosed in a building or a building with a Buddha inside,whichever you wanna describe it.
Whilst it is normal to see a temple with a Buddha inside,this one is a bit different. Wat Pho's Buddha is huge --15m high, 43 m long--- and it is reclining,meaning, in sleep position.A building was erected barely to house it.Much of the interior is occupied by the giant statue leaving only enough space for at least five people side-by-side to walk around.And this is Thailand,they do receive millions of tourists so imagine how crowded it could get inside at a given time.It is difficult to compete for space especially when taking photos.
The internal pillars of the temple also block much of the Buddha's length so it is next to impossible to capture the whole statue unless from the foot end angle.
Taking photos is therefore a challenge.It is meant to be marveled at in person.Walk around in strides as the building is small and it will take you only a few minutes to walk from the entrance to the exit.
The building design is rather modern looking but still with a touch of Thai architecture.The interior is worth mentioning with its pillars seemingly designed with wallpaper.Well, I am nit sure if it is wallpaper but what I am saying is that it's not just painted in single color but with patterns similar to wallpaper.As I mentioned earlier, this is the place where Traditional Thai Massage originated and that is interesting enough.
Wat Pho is also proof that Buddha Statues in Southeast Asia are different from their East Asian counterparts as they have thin bodies and are not very restrictive with their positions.You can usually see Buddhas in East Asia seated (as if in well behaved manner) while this one in Wat Pho is in reclining position.
How to get to Wat Pho
WAT Pho is located on Sanam Chai road and Maharaj road next to the Grand Palace so if you are planning to go there, it would be wise to drop by Wat Pho as well.It doesn't require much time to go around the temple
If you are to take the ferry via Chao Phraya River, the temple is a few meters walk from Chang Pier terminal.From Wat Pho,you can ride a bus or tuktuk to Grand Palace or walk for 15-20 minutes.
By Bus: Routes 1, 3 12, 25 ,44 ,47 ,53, 60, 82, 91, 501 and 501.