Relax on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River


Let’s calm down for a moment. If a traveler in Bangkok, Thailand, go to Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

Wat Pho is the most magnificent and famous Buddhist temple in Thailand. Many foreign tourists will try to take the time to come to the ancient temple which was built in the 16th century.

If you come with a guide, you will get more complete information related to what is stored in the building complex. But if you come alone, at least you will be satisfied to enjoy its beauty and splendor.

To get to Wat Pho can be reached easily. From the city center available modes of transportation are buses, trains, taxis, and tuktuks. The latter is a typical Thai public transportation vehicle which is similar to the bajaj in Jakarta.

The passenger seat of this tuktuk vehicle is usually in the form of a letter L so that it can be occupied by three adult passengers quite freely, two facing forward and one facing the side.

Wat Pho and Wat ArunWat Pho and Wat Arun (Photo: Muchus Budi R/detikcom)

Try to get to Wat Pho by tuktuk. From the Pratunam shopping center in the Ratchathewi area in the central area of ​​Bangkok, you can call a tuktuk by only spending 200 baht or around IDR 80 thousand to arrive at Phra Nakhon District, the location of Wat Pho.

If you can speak the local language a bit, try offering the driver an extra 50 baht. He will welcome the offer with a typical Thai smile.

As a service to the additional passenger, the tuktuk vehicle will be driven more comfortably and passed through the village streets which will add to the experience of seeing the daily life of local residents.

Arriving in front of the Wat Pho complex, you will be greeted by the splendor of the gate. As soon as you enter, the first impression you get is magnificent, beautiful, clean, well-maintained and of course the charm of the past.

To enter the Wat Pho complex, you only need to pay a ticket of 200 baht. Its full name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, but in general it is more often referred to by the short name Wat Pho.

Wat Pho and Wat ArunWat Pho and Wat Arun (Photo: Muchus Budi R/detikcom)

As a Buddhist temple, this building holds thousands of inscriptions containing information on various sciences. In addition, of course, there are many places of worship. Hundreds of statues of the Buddha from various raw materials can be found in various sizes and placements.

There are stone statues, copper to those made of gold. Some are in a cross-legged position in a row, some are standing upright, until the reclining statue made of gold is very famous. From toe to head the statue is 46 meters long, while the reclining statue is 15 meters high.

The local government is very concerned about the sustainability of the site. The world has also recognized it. In 2008, UNESCO officially included Wat Pho as a cultural heritage that has been recorded in the world heritage list.

Continue the journey to Wat Arun

A short walk, after enjoying the beauty of Wat Pho, complete your tour to visit Wat Arun which is no less cool. Wat Arun is also a famous Buddhist temple in Thailand.

The location of these two temples is only separated by the Chao Phraya River. Exit from Wat Pho, it’s only a few dozen steps to reach the ferry pier.

You only need to pay 20 baht, the engine boat is ready to take tourists to the other side and immediately arrive at the entrance of Wat Arun. You only need to pay 100 baht to enter Wat Arun, and even then, you will be given a bonus bottle of mineral water.

The building complex of Wat Arun is not as large as that of Wat Pho, as well as the number of buildings that are no more. But Wat Arun gives a different charm. The towering main building can be climbed through the stairs of the ancient temple in the form of a tower as high as 82 meters.

Although only allowed to go up on the second floor, visitors can enjoy the splendor and see the beauty of Bangkok, especially the buildings and residences along the Chao Phraya River.

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