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Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

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24 Nov 2020

About Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is one of the oldest sacred temples in Bangkok in Thailand and is a first grade royal monastery.

Located next to the Grand Palace, the current Temple of the Reclining Buddha was built in 1788 by King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty, whose ashes are in the temple. This was actually a reconstruction project to rebuild an original temple on the same site, believed to date back to the Ayudhya kingdom.

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha has since undergone two further restorations, one during the reign of King Rama III and one in 1982. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is endowed with over a thousand images of Buddha, but is probably most famous for housing the Reclining Buddha which, with its gold-plated body measuring 46 metres long and 15 metres high, is the largest portrayal of Buddha in Thailand.

It is also the home of the Thai massage, an activity in which visitors can indulge at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Beyond the Reclining Buddha and the Thai massage, Wat Pho is made up of 20 acres where visitors can also view the existing monastery. A great way to see it can be by hiring a local guide.

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