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Temple of Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is home to the largest Buddha in Thailand. It is also the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok and holds 1000 Buddha images - more than any other temple in the city. Wat Pho was built in 1788 on the site of an earlier temple, and was restored most recently in 1982. The temple is also the birthplace of the famous traditional Thai massage. Before the temple’s founding, it was the site of an educational center for Thai medicine and yoga practices.


The temple’s most famous site, however, is the reclining Buddha. Created as a part of Rama III’s restoration effort, it is covered entirely in gold leaf and measures 151 feet (46 m) long and 49 feet (15 m) high. It is intricately decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on both its eyes and feet. The soles of the Buddha’s feet are also elaborately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in both Chinese and Indian styles.If you've had a hard day of sightseeing, the temple also offers traditional Thai massages daily.


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