Wat Pho

When Thonburi became the capital in the reign of King Taksin, the temple was raised to the rank of royal monastery. In Rattanakosin era, King Putthayodfa, or King Rama I, ordered a great restoration of the temple starting on November 28, 1793, and lasting for a total of seven years, five months and twenty – eight days. The re-opening ceremony for the temple was on April 10, 1801 (in some historical records, the great restoration lasted for 12 years, from 1789 to 1801). After restoration, it was elevated to the rank of Wat Wang Luang, or a royal monestery of the royal palace, and it was named Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklavas.

Wat Pho, or to use its official name, Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm, has been designed a first – class royal monastery, regarded as a temple of the first king of the Chakri dynasty because it was renovated while the Royal Grand Palace was being constructed and it was the temple where the king took his oath at his coronation. The temple, once named Wat Phodharam, was a rural temple built during the reign of King Phra Petracha (1688 – 1703) in the Ayutthaya period.

A great restoration, taking 16 years from 1834 onward, was carried out during the reign of King Nangklao, or King Rama III, extending the compound of both the main Buddhavas quarter and the Sangghavas quarter, that is, resulting in the construction of the Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, the Misakawan Garden, the two pagodas, the mondop (mandapa), the pavilions, and the crocodile pond, including carving the stone inscriptions and the statues of contorted hermits. The name of the temple was changed again to Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram during the reign of King Rama IV and the Pagoda of King Rama IV was also constructed. Nowadays, Wat Pho is a significant cultural and historical site that is a resource for various types of knowledge such as arts, religion, medical studies, and literature not only for later generations but also for people of all nations and religions that they can appreciate this intellectual and spiritual heritage site.

  • The Stone Inscription of Wat Pho
  • Phra Ubosot
  • Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn
  • Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn
  • Phra Mondop
  • Phra Buddha Saiyas
  • Khao Mor and Contorted Hermit Figures
  • Wat Pho Giants
  • Statues of Chinese Giants
  • Phra Buddha Lokanat
  • Phra Buddha Maravichai
  • Phra Buddha Chinnaraj
  • Phra Buddha Chinnasri
  • Phra Buddha Palilai
  • Phra Rabieng
  • Thai Traditional Medical School