Bangkok’s Wat Pho: Temple of the Reclining Buddha

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In Bangkok, Thailand, directly adjacent to the Grand Palace, sits Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), known popularly as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

The Reclining Buddha—measuring 160ft (43m) long and 49ft (15m) high—is the largest of the temple’s more than 1,000 Buddha images.

Prior to Wat Pho’s founding in 1788, the site was home to a center of education for medicine. To this day, the temple houses a Thai massage school and displays dozens of plaques inscribed with therapeutic diagrams and instructions.