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The most visited temple in Bangkok kingdom of Thailand.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha in BangkokWat Pho or with it's full name Wat Phrachetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Raja Wora Mahavihara is Bangkok's largest temple. A giant reclining Buddha, 45 meters long represents the moment in which Buddha enters Nirvana. The size of this Buddha can only be experienced by walking around it. The feet of the statue feature 108 small images of representing Buddhist impressions. It is the enormous head of the Buddha which I like most.

Wat Pho is also famous as Thailand's first university, and is center for traditional Thai masage - the rich, famous and powerful have all been known to come here. Inscribed on stone in the walls of Wat Pho are all that was known about Thai massage dating from the reign of King Rama III (most previous texts were lost when the Burmese destroyed Ayuthaya)

Wat Pho is an important Bangkok's landmark in the Rattanakosin Area. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Buddhist fine arts and the existing Thai intellect which has descended from ancient times, taken as an immortal carrier's of knowledge. The monastery is opened daily from 08:00 to 17:00, with the admission fee of 20 baht.

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