“Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn”

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Wat Pho Complex model
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Wat Pho exterior
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Wat Pho exterior detail

Wat Pho is one of the oldest and most important temples in Thailand. The original temple predates the establishment of Bangkok as the capital and its presence may have impacted Rama I’s decision to base his capital there. The original temple is believed to have been built in the late 17th century. In the late 18th century, Rama I rebuilt the temple, and Rama III made significant improvements as well.

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Worshippers at the Wat Pho complex
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Worshippers at the Wat Pho complex
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Another Buddha at Wat Pho
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Entering Wat Pho temple – the girl in front of us had to use one of the temple cover-ups as she was not dressed appropriately

The most important aspect of the temple is the Buddha itself. The massive, gold reclining Buddha takes up the entire temple and at 150 feet long, is one of the largest, if not the largest, Buddhas in the world. The temple is also filled with detailed paintings of scenes from the life of Buddha.

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Wat Pho Buddha
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Wat Pho
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Wat Pho – Buddha’s feet
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Paintings in the Wat Pho temple
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Painting at Wat Pho

Behind the Buddha is a series of 108 buckets for which you can purchase coins to contribute. Each coin represents a blessing or prayer as you drop it into the bucket. It seemed like most visitors to the temple were participating in adding the special coins to the buckets.

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Blessing buckets at Wat Pho
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Painting at Wat Pho
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Wat Pho detail
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Wat Pho Buddha
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Wat Pho detail
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Wat Pho detail

Check back tomorrow for more images from the Wat Pho complex.

Title quote: the full traditional title of Wat Pho temple

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Wat Pho temple interior
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Wat Pho detail
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Wat Pho Buddha
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Wat Pho – Buddha’s pillow
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Wat Pho detail
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Another Buddha at Wat Pho
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At Wat Pho
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Warning at Wat Pho
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Wat Pho – Buddha from the rear
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Wat Pho complex
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Guardian at Wat Pho

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