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A temple that encapsulates the culture of a kingdom ( 9 photo)

More than 10,000 visitors a day flock to experience the uniquely Thai ambience of Wat Pho. Read full story at https://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/in-thailand/1561818

21 Oct 2018
Top attraction: Wat Pho is ranked as the No.1 landmark in Thailand in this year's TripAdvisor's rankings. The temple will celebrate the 230th anniversary of King Rama I's famous restoration of the site next month. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Top attraction: Wat Pho is ranked as the No.1 landmark in Thailand in this year's TripAdvisor's rankings. The temple will celebrate the 230th anniversary of King Rama I's famous restoration of the site next month. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Picture perfect: A tourist takes a picture of one of the many golden statues in the temple. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Picture perfect: A tourist takes a picture of one of the many golden statues in the temple. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Massage centre: Known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Wat Pho has become a place where foreigners come to learn about the art. Photo: Krit Promsaka na Sak olnakorn

Massage centre: Known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Wat Pho has become a place where foreigners come to learn about the art. Photo: Krit Promsaka na Sak olnakorn

Linked in: Wat Pho is accessible by car, boat and, starting next year, by subway. Photo: PATIPAT JANTHONG

Linked in: Wat Pho is accessible by car, boat and, starting next year, by subway. Photo: PATIPAT JANTHONG

Relaxing vacation: Tourists experience a traditional Thai massage at the temple's massage school. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Relaxing vacation: Tourists experience a traditional Thai massage at the temple's massage school. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Giving back: A little girl donates a coin to the temple's collection fund. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Giving back: A little girl donates a coin to the temple's collection fund. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Say cheese: A tourist takes a 'selfie' with famous sculptures showing traditional Thai massage postures. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Say cheese: A tourist takes a 'selfie' with famous sculptures showing traditional Thai massage postures. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Local wisdom: King Rama II had knowledge related to the kingdom inscribed on stone tablets known as the Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Local wisdom: King Rama II had knowledge related to the kingdom inscribed on stone tablets known as the Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Popular place: More than 10,000 people a day visit the temple during high season. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Popular place: More than 10,000 people a day visit the temple during high season. Photo: Patipat Janthong