Thursday, 8 January 2009

Wat Phai Rong Wua

Phra Phutta Khodom, the largest bronze Buddha image in the world, is the first piece of work of Luang Pho Khom known to both Thai and foreign tourists.

It is often called by the villagers as Wat Luang Pho Khom, located by the side of Klong Phraya Banlue in the Bang Ta Ten Sub-District. This temple was built in 1926. Luang Pho Khom has been invited from Wat Bang Sam to become the abbot and he has built everything that becomes the present Wat Phai Rong Wua.

It houses the largest metal cast Buddha image of the world called Phra Phutthakhodom, which has a lap width of 10 metres and a height of 26 metres. There are various sites concerning Buddhism, such as, the Three Season Palace of Prince Sitthattha, places of gaining enlightenment, giving the first preaching sermon, Nivarna (passing away stage) and the hell being community.

The monastery is reached by Highway No. 321 to Amphoe Song Phi Nong with right turn to Wat Phai Rong Wua or take a boat trip from Tha Chang Landing, Bangkok, every Sunday at 07:00 hours.

Most impressive, there is a terrifying representation of the Buddhist conception of hell. Some of the depictions are pretty gruesome and the Thais are taking this to teach the children to be afraid of sins.

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