- **A map of where the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are located in Bangkok
Hi, it is Margaret again writing from Bangkok, we just got back from visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. The Grand palace is fascinating, consisting of many buildings which served as an official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th to the mid 20th century. The architecture inside and out is jaw dropping, I have never seen anything so unique and stunning.
We saw many different statues of mythical creatures such as a half man half bird called Kinnorn.
Wat Phra Kaew is considered the most sacred temple in all of Thailand and is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace. The main attraction is the Emerald Buddha located in the ubosoth building and is said to have originated from India.
The Grand Palace is open from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and costs 250 Baht per person (around $8.00 CAD).
Next we headed down to Wat Pho also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. As Keri, Bev and I looked at this sight we just could not believe how HUGE this Buddha was. I mean it was MASSIVE, like nothing I have ever seen before in my life.
Wat Pho not only holds the largest Buddha but holds more than 1,000 Buddha images in total. Here at Wat Pho they not only offer beautiful sites but also relaxation, offering messages. Of course we could not give up an opportunity like that so we each got our one hour massage for 250 Baht each. Let us just say this is not the gentlest massage I have ever had but it sure did feel good after it was done. Wat Pho is open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and has an entry fee of 20 Baht (around $0.65 CAD) per person. This was definitely a most fascinating experience and one we will never forget. Goodbye for now, Bev, Keri and Margaret.