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A golden Buddha image in the Wat Pho complex. Buddha images are prolific in Thailand, and there are evidently strict rules about how they can be depicted. They vary greatly from country to country in Southeast Asia, however. This was one in series running the entire length of the colonnade.

Wat Pho, also called Wat Phra Chetuphon (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located in the Nakhon district in Bangkok. In addition to the famous Buddha image, the temple is home to the oldest and most renown traditional Thai massage school, and is also called Thailand's first university. Many of the traditional texts regarding Thai massage were lost when the Burmese destroyed Ayutthaya, but some inscriptions have survived that date to the reign of Rama III. The current temple complex replaced a previous temple on the same site. It was begun 200 years before Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. Most of the constructuion dates to the reign of Rama I. The grounds contain more than 1,000 Buddha images in total, many of which were relocated from the ruins of the former capitals Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. There are also marbles depicting the Ramakien epic. Colorful chedi, which number more than a hundred here, are located all aroundthe grounds. There is also a large library which is sumptuously decorated.

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