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Wat Pho - is a Buddhist temple in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok. It is located next to the Grand Palace area. Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok housing more that 1000 Buddha images as well as the largest Buddha image – the gold-plated Reclining Buddha which measures about 43 metres in length and approximately 15 metres in height. The soles of the feet are made up of inlaid pieces of Mother-of-Pearl.
Along side the Reclining Buddha is a corridor which holds 108 bronze bowls (indicating the 108 auspicious character of Buddha). Here visitors and locals can drop coins into the bowls as it’s believed to bring the giver good luck as well has help the monks maintain the wat.
The entire walled complex is divided into two areas – the northern compound hosts the Reclining Buddha and massage school whereas the southern compound is a working Buddhist monastery. Outside of the temple, the grounds also contain chedis (stupas) – four of which were constructed to honour and hold the ashes of the royal family while others contain the ashes of Buddha. The walled complex is guarded by stone-carved Chinese giants located at the various entrances.
Wat Pho is also considered Thailand’s first public university and the temple was also home to one of the earliest Thai massage schools. Plaques inscribed with therapeutic points and energy pathways are located on the walls of the temple.