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To some, Wat Pho, is Bangkok's most beautiful temple. Also known as the temple of the reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is one of the largest temples in Bangkok.

The temple is said to be the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, and even today there are Traditional Thai massage schools in the temple and in the surrounding areas.

The original Wat Pho was first restored in 1788 by the King Rama the 3rd. It was later restored again By King Bhumibol in 1982. It is one of the oldest Wats in the city.

Throughout the temple grounds you can see tall Buddhist spires covered in multi-colored tiles.

Every day, you can find worshipers paying respect by burning incense and offering lotus flowers.

A walk through the temple grounds is mesmerizing. From molded statues to the fine etched architecture, no surface is spared special detail.

When entering the temple housing the reclining Buddha, one can't help but feel a powerful presence. The reclining Buddha image is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and is decorated in gold plating.

The reclining Buddha image represents Gautama Buddha at his time of death. Knowing that his passing was coming, Buddha lay reclining on his right side, facing west, with his head supported by his hand, as he passed into nirvana.

The soles of the Buddhas feet are inset with mother of pearl illustrations showing the 108 characteristics of Buddha. Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's historical highlights and is a must see on any trip to Bangkok.

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