Wat Pho is also known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha and is located at Phra Nakhon district in Thailand. The temple was built as a restoration of an earlier temple in the exact same place. Actually, the temple construction started in 1788 and was restored in 1824. The Wat Pho was recently restored in 1982 to recapture the old magnificance and grandeur.
The Wat Pho is one of the largest temples in Thailand. It covers an area of 80,000 square feet. Wat Pho houses more than one thousand Buddha images and one of them is the image of the Reclining Buddha. This image is forty six metres long and fifteen metres in height. The body of the image is covered with gold plated sheet and the eyes are made from pearls. The feet of the Reclining Buddha are decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.
Prior to the founding of the temple, the place was the center for traditional Thai medicine. There are still still images housed within the temple depicting various yoga positions. The temple is also known as the birth place of traditional Thai massage. In 1962 a school for traditional medicine and massage was also established within the precinct of the temple.
The temple is divided into two blocks by a road that runs from east to west. The first block is where one would find the Reclining Buddha and the second block serves as the residence for monks and it houses the school for the traditional Thai medicine and massage.