GLOBAL TREASURES: Thailand (Wat Pho)

GLOBAL TREASURES: Thailand (Wat Pho)


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Global Treasures: Wat Pho
Ullman, Frank - Television Director

Catalogue Number: GTR-DVD-1177
UPC: 879061007767

Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.

Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a famous religious landmark in the largest and oldest monastery complex in Bangkok.

Almost 200 years before Bangkok became the country's official capital city under the rule of King Rama I, a smaller temple complex already existed. The stylishly decorated buildings of Wat Pho were developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, some of the buildings have a religious function, whereas others form sections of an impressive museum.

More than 1000 Buddha statues, some of them having originated from the early capital cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, highlight the religious significance of Wat Pho. Thus, those who come here are not only keen to inspect its treasures, but they are also fascinated by the millenia-old religious faith of the temple's former inhabitants.

Covering almost eight hectares, the temples of Wat Pho provide a remarkable variety of interest and several opportunities for meditation and relaxation.

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