Bangkok Temple Hopping: Wat Pho

Wat Phra Kaew it the temple everyone says you must see, but Wat Pho was my favourite. Wat Pho is the oldest temple in Bangkok, founded in the 17th century as Wat Photaram, a name that refers to the monastery of the Bodhi tree in Bodhy Gaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment.  In 1801, Wat Pho received the name it is known under now under the reign of King Rama IV.


Wat Pho is located south of Wat Phra Kaew & the Royal palace & you can easily walk there after visiting Wat Phra Kaew.

Photo Diary: Wat Pho

While Wat Phra Kaew was large, opulent, Wat Phro was intricate & ornate.  It also felt more like a real temple, rather than a tourist attraction.   The temple was quite & peaceful.  Tourists were not yelling on its grounds as the beauty of the surroundings awed everyone into a respectful quietness.


Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn





Phra Rabieng, the Outer Cloister


One of four Phra Vihara Kod’s


Sum Pratu Song Mongkut, the Chinese warlords are to prevent evil from entering the temple.

Phra Rabieng – The Inner Cloister



Phra Ubosot where the Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn is located


Phra Mondop in the background & the Khao Mor (rock garden) to the right



The Viharn & The Reclining Buddha




The Yak Wat Pho,  Wat Pho’s Giants

Ending visit with the setting of the sun


I loved the peace of Wat Pho, it inspired me to sit down and sketch the beautiful temple I was in.  Sketching the awe-inspiring things I was seeing was something I started to do in Thailand.  I had stopped sketching a few years ago.  I don’t know why, but without the constant distraction of the Internet I turned back to it in Thailand.

Up next in Bangkok Temple hopping, the temples whose names I didn’t know.  


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