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Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest temples, is also known as Wat Chetuphon. The temple was built by King Rama I two hundred years ago to provide public education on literature, archaeology, astrology and medicine. The temple compound holds many different attractions. The major attraction is the 46 m long and 15 m high gold-plated Reclining Buddha with feet inlaid with mother of pearl, depicting the 108 signs of the Buddha. The headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok is situated at the temple. Various ailments and methods of massage and meditation are inscribed on stone plaques in the beautiful grounds of Wat Pho. Wat Pho epitomises the ideal Thai monastery wherein the religious, spiritual and educational harmoniously coexist. Often referred to as 'Thailand's first university', Wat Pho's researched information is available on yoga. therapeutic massage, clinical explanations of anatomical ailments and traditional Thai herbal-medicinal treatment, meditation techniques, astrology, literature, morality. military defence and archaeology.