BIRTHDAY of a BANGKOK spiritual landmark
WAT PHO, or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is marking its 230th anniversary with 11 days of celebrations, which kicked off on November 1.
People are invited to step into the temple’s compound to savour its rich history and witness lots of special events, including cultural and musical performances as well as traditional games that were played in palaces over two centuries ago. Visitors are also encouraged to wear traditional costumes and join in the spirit of the event.
Built by King Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty and installed Bangkok as the capital, Wat Pho was also Thailand’s first university. Originally named Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, the temple was given “Memory of the World” status by Unesco in 2008.
This year, Wat Pho was ranked as the world’s 17th most popular attraction.
Items from the Bangkok Art
Biennale will be exhibited at the temple until February.