Travel Photo of the Week — The Standing Buddha, Wat Indrawihan, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by - July 15, 2011 | Category: Asia, Escapes, Thailand

I arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday night, and Wednesday morning I was off and running.  One of the first places I checked out was the giant Standing Buddha at Wat Indrawihan.  I was taken there as part of a tuk-tuk scam, but more on that in the coming days. In the end, I was the one who made off like a bandit.

At 32 metres high, this is the tallest standing Buddha holding alms bowl in the world.  Apparently, there are several other “tallest” record-holders out there as well.  Tallest sitting Buddha holding alms bowl.  Tallest standing Buddha.  Tallest sitting Buddha.  Tallest Buddha playing fetch.  (I’m not reaching nirvana because of that one). However, this one is not gold —  it’s constructed from mere wood and metal.

This coming weekend is the beginning of Buddhist Lent, so much of the view of the Standing Buddha was obscured by canopies erected at the base to protect the faithful from the inevitable rains this time of year.

It was a pleasant way to spend 30 minutes or so, and since it was quite early, there was hardly anyone there.

Have you seen any big Buddhas in your travels?

Standing Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand

Standing Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand

Feet of giant Standing Buddha -- Bangok Thailand

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  1. Just before I starting reading I was already saying to myself there are so many different Buddhas and then you started listing just some of the tallest. Why are most of them made of gold and people don’t try to make of like a bandit with them or piece of them?

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