Monday, January 21, 2008

Wat Phra Kaeo & Wat Pho

My relatives joined a package tour to Bangkok in 2006. Last year (2007), two of my coursemates also went there with a tour operator. They visited places like Wat Arun, Erawan Shrine (4-faced Buddha), Safari World, Chatuchak Weekend Market as well as Pattaya. Unfortunately, all of them have missed three of the highlights of the City of Angel, namely: The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat Pho.

I arrived at Bangkok on Jan 8, 2008. The Grand Palace was closed from Jan 1 to Jan 10 as the funeral of King’s sister was going on. To compensate foreign tourists, entrance fee for Wat Phra Kaeo was temporarily lifted. (Thais are allowed to enter all three sites for free.) Below are some photos I took in Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat Pho.

Wat Phra Kaeo

Wat Phra Kaeo, or Temple of Emerald Buddha, is the home to one of the most sacred Buddha statues in the Kingdom. As you would expect, it is made of emerald. Photography of the statues is not allowed, but I have taken pictures of the temple architecture…

Shorts and short skirts are not allowed inside the temple, so I had to rent a pair of pants…

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is the home of a huge Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha. Also in the temple complex is the famed School of Traditional Massage…


  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Nice pants. ;)

  2. happysurfer,
    More to come. Stay tuned.

  3. i'm going to bangkok this fri...:)

  4. cat,
    If you like shopping, I suggest you go to Suan Lum Night Bazaar and the 'Loft' in Siam Discovery Center.

  5. I recommend Wat Pho to those planing to visit Bangkok. This temple is famous for the Reclining Buddha statue. I heard that it is the largest Temple in Bangkok. What you shouldn't miss is to have a really good traditional Thai massage there. Do show respect for the monks when visiting Wat in Thailand.

  6. Guide to Bangkok Hotels
    Thanks. Ouch... I missed the massage :(