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Chedi figures at Wat Pho. These are usually constructed from brick and are then overlaid with various materials; these are covered in small bits of ceramic to form a mosaic. They are sometimes donated by individuals as memorials; many of them have plaques with biographical about the person.

Wat Pho, also called Wat Phra Chetuphon (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located in the Nakhon district in Bangkok. In addition to the famous Buddha image, the temple is home to the oldest and most renown traditional Thai massage school, and is also called Thailand's first university. Many of the traditional texts regarding Thai massage were lost when the Burmese destroyed Ayutthaya, but some inscriptions have survived that date to the reign of Rama III. The current temple complex replaced a previous temple on the same site. It was begun 200 years before Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. Most of the constructuion dates to the reign of Rama I. The grounds contain more than 1,000 Buddha images in total, many of which were relocated from the ruins of the former capitals Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. There are also marbles depicting the Ramakien epic. Colorful chedi, which number more than a hundred here, are located all aroundthe grounds. There is also a large library which is sumptuously decorated.

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