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Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Now that we were done with our meetings, we had a bit of time to explore Bangkok.  We decided to try to see as many sights as possible, starting with Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

The temple, which is supposed to be the birthplace of Thai massage, is in the historic part of the city, close to the royal palace. The site was once a center for traditional medicine, which is still practiced there to an extent today.

As the name implies, the temple is home to a reclining Buddha statue.  In fact, their statue is huge!  It’s 15 meters tall and 43 meters long, showing the Buddha lying with his head supported by his right arm.

Throughout the temple complex there is a maze of room, courtyards, statues, and trees, making it a really beautiful place to wander and see what there is to be found.

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