on July 9, 2008
My girlfriend and I headed to Wat Pho after several hours of already exploring the Grand Palace next door. At mid-day in June, the heat and humidity had already caused us to sweat profusely and we were contemplating just giving in and going back to the hotel. We're glad that we instead decided to stick it out and check out Wat Pho while we were in the area. Wat Pho is the oldest and largest wat (temple) in Bangkok. It also houses Thailand's largest reclining Buddha image and the largest number of Buddha images in Thailand. The giant gold buddha reclines at 46 meters long by15 meters high. The bottom of the feet are especially cool, as they have an extremely complicated and detailed design. As with the Grand Palace next door, dress conservatively (although the rules definitely seem to be a little more slack at Wat Pho). There are lots of really cool buildings, statues, and small gardens in the complex, including several temples. Within the walls of Wat Pho are also several schools including a children's school and, more importantly, the Wat Pho Thai Massage School. If you want a really good, authentic Thai massage, make sure to get one here before leaving. A word to the wise, the massages here can be a little TOO hard- and slightly painful if you aren't prepared...
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