In Pictures: Obama visits Wat Pho Royal Monastery

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a short visit to Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok today as he began his three-day tour of Southeast Asia.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

Obama and Clinton joked with a monk at the temple as they visited its famous Reclining Buddha statue.

President Obama and Hillary Clinton stand with a monk at the base of the Reclining Buddha
President Obama and Hillary Clinton stand with a monk at the base of the Reclining Buddha Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

This marks the President's first trip abroad since his re-election.

A Thai policeman salutes as President Obama and Hillary Clinton pass by
A Thai policeman salutes as President Obama and Hillary Clinton pass by Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

After Thailand, Obama will embark on a historic trip to Burma - known by the regime as Myanmar - as the first sitting US President to visit.

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