At the entrance of the temple, the local guide shared his knowledge on the significance of the temple and next, we were allocated 30 minutes to view the inside and outside of the temple. The main attraction here is the Sukhothai golden Buddha statue - made from pure gold, weighting approximately 5 tons and dating back to 700 years ago, the statue is a valuable treasure of Thailand and of Buddhism. In 2008, a 3 storey building named Phra Maha Mondop was erected to house the Golden Buddha image. While the first floor contains a museum, the China town Heritage centre where visitors can learn about the history of China town and the Chinese immigrants in Bangkok, the second floor contains an exhibition on the history of the Golden Buddha whereas the top floor of the Phra Maha Mondop contains the Golden Buddha image - recorded as “the largest gold Buddha in the world” by Guinness Book year 1991.
Open from 8 am until 5 pm, except on Mondays. admission to the temple complex is free, admission to the Golden Buddha image is 40 Thai Baht and to the Chinese History Museum, 100 Baht for adults, 60 for children.
Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)
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