Monday, March 14, 2011

The Wat Pho Temple

Thailand is one of the exotic countries in Far East.The country has a very long history. We can see a bit of this past history from "Anna and the King" movie. Nowadays, Thailand has become the main tourism destination in South East Asia.In last post, we have discussed about the beauty of  Thailand nature in Phuket, now we will discuss abou the cultural heritage tourism in Thailand ,Wat Pho temple, which also have been registered by UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MOW) as MOW documentary heritage for Asia and Pacific Region.

It was built as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with work beginning in 1788. It was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III (1824-51), and restored again in 1982. Actually,its official name is Wat Phrachetuphon Vimon Mangkararam Ratchaworamahawihan, although it is commonly called Wat Pho.