Wat Pho - Filip Šubrt Photo

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Bangkok

Wat Pho

Wat Pho (or Wat Po), is a Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok. It is located on Rattanakosin Island directly to the south of the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Thee is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn Wat Pho.

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images at 46 m in length. The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Chetuphon Road running in the north–south direction.

The larger northern walled compound, the phutthawat, is the part opened to visitors and contains the finest buildings dedicated to the Buddha, including the bot with its four directional viharn, and the temple housing the reclining BuddhaThe image of the reclining Buddha represents the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations.  The southern compound, the sankhawat, contains the residential quarters of the monks and a school. 

The temple is considered the first public university of Thailand, teaching students in the fields of religion, science and literature through murals and sculptures. A school for traditional medicine and massage was established at the temple in 1955, and now offers 4 courses in Thai Medicine - Thai Pharmacy, Thai medical practice, Thai Midwife Nurse and Thai Massage

The perimeter wall of the main temple complex has sixteen gates, two of which serve as entrances for the public (one on Chetuphon Road, the other near the northwest corner). Chinese guardian figure (these stone statues were originally imported as ballast on ships trading with China) at a gate in Wat Pho The temple ground contain 91 small chedis (stupas or mounds), four great chedis, two belfries, a bot (central shrine), a number of viharas (halls) and other buildings such as pavilions, as well as gardens and a small temple museum. Architecturally the chedis and buildings in the complex are different in style and sizes.