Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a famous religious landmark in the largest and oldest monastery complex in Bangkok.
Almost 200 years before Bangkok became the country’s official capital city under the rule of King Rama The First, a smaller temple complex already existed. The stylishly decorated buildings of Wat Pho were developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, some of the buildings have a religious function whereas, others form sections of an impressive museum.
More than 1000 Buddha statues, some of them having originated from the early capital cities of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai, highlight the religious significance of Wat Pho. Thus, those who come here are not only keen to inspect its treasures but they are also fascinated by the thousands of years old religious faith of the temple’s former inhabitants.
Covering almost eight hectares, the temples of Wat Pho provide a remarkable variety of interest and several opportunities for meditation and relaxation.
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