on February 22, 2001
Wat Pho is home to the massive 160 foot long Reclining Buddha, representing the Buddha entering the state of nirvana. To give you an idea of size, your face would be smaller than the tip of one of the Buddha's toes! The soles of the statue's feet contain 108 mother-of-pearl ornaments describing various attributes of Buddha. Wat Pho is also centre of a national movement for teaching & conservation of Thai medicine, including the art of massage. We walked back behind the tourist scenes to get a glimpse. We saw many of the children playing around in their classroom after their monk master left the room. They were dancing, chasing each other, standing on tables. Children are children everywhere. In another room, a monk teacher hit a stick across the table & the children fell to their knees in silence. Quite a contrast.
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