journey to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Given Thailand is 95 percent Buddhist, there are of course hundreds of Bangkok temples — known in Thai as “wats.”

Some are small, located far down tiny sois and well out of the way of tourist traffic. Others are part of massive complexes filled with halls, schools and revered statues, earning them a place in all the Bangkok guidebooks.

We visited the famous Wat Pho and Wat Traimit.

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Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand.

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It’s a challenge to fit all 26 meters of Wat Pho’s reclining Buddha in to a single photograph !!

Wat Pho is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.Thai masseurs have been training here since 1955. Visitors can drop in for a full traditional Thai massage or enroll in short or long-term courses.

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