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  Reclining Buddha @ Wat Pho
by Blatherwick

Wat Pho is famous for its giant Reclining Buddha. The temple was created as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, the work beginning in 1788. The temple was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III, and was restored again in 1982.

Wat Pho is the largest and oldest wat in Bangkok, and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country. The Reclining Buddha was made as part of Rama III's restoration. It is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, decorated with gold plating on its body and mother of pearl on its eyes and the soles of its feet. The latter display 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.

The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Even prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions. During the Rama III restoration plaques inscribed with medical texts were placed around the temple, while in 1962 a school for traditional medicine and massage was established.

Entrance is 20B. It's open every day, opening hours are from 08.00am to 5.00pm, with a break from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.

Address: Chetuphon Road
Directions: The nearest stop on the river is Tha Tien. It is located just south of the Grand Palace.
Phone: 02-221-991
Website: http://www.discoverthailand.com/

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  • Written Aug 8, 2005
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