Wat Pho

Wat Pho houses its massive Reclining Buddha. It is also famous as Thailand's first university and study center for Thai massage. King Rama III ordered experts in various fields to inscribe their knowledge on stone tablets which can be found on cloister walls. In addition to Buddhist teachings and literary works, these inscriptions explain traditional medicine, including postures for muscle pain treatment.


Lucy Hornby told us an interesting tidbit about Wat Pho. History has it that ships coming from Thailand bore wood of immense weight and ships returning with lighter Chinese goods needed ballast. They used both stone statues and shards of broken Chinese pottery in such quantity that the resourceful Thais used both to decorate a temple. Artisans covered structures with ornate bits of porcelain, maybe not all of Chinese origin.