"Model Hills" Thailand Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The grounds of the monastery at Wat Pho contain 24 model hills, called khao mor in Thai. These model hills are decorative rock gardens placed around the monastery grounds for contemplation. They feature various types of exotic plants (particularly dwarf trees), statues (which represent hermits positioned in the different poses of healing massage), Chinese rock stupas, and pillars. Each of the model hills is named for a type of plant.

The model hills were created by King Rama III, who used rocks taken from the rock garden at the Grand Palace

Directions: The entrance to Wat Pho is located on Chettuphon Road, just south of the Grand Palace Complex.

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2012
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