Puthamonthon In Nakhon Pathom
Sightseeing In Thailand, Big Buddha Statue
At Nakhon Pathom
You need not be very religious minded to
be impressed with the Puthamonthon park. The gardens in these
grounds are spacious and very well maintained. The main attraction
at Puthomonthon is the big standing Lord Buddha statue. Puthamonthon
is located in the province of Nakhon Pathom. The place is sometimes
referred to as "Buddha Monthon", so do not get confused if you see
this reference. The park is huge covering and area of around 2,500
rai, this works out to 400 hectares.
|The big Lord Buddha statue in the Puthamonthon park is
around 15.7 meters tall. This is about the height of a 5
storey building. The above image was taken from a fairly far
distance. The white pedestal around the statue is where you
will need to take off your shoes. It was a cloudy day and the
clouds add to the beauty of this photograph.
If you visit this spectacular park make
sure that you walk around and take in the peace and calm. As you
move towards the center of the grounds where the tall Lord Buddha
statue is located, you can hear no vehicle noise or other sounds
from the surrounding busy roads. The statue is around 15.7 meters
high and is widely believed to be the world's tallest freely
standing Buddha statue. The Kaisilver team spent an afternoon at
Nakhon Pathom Buddha Monthon park. It was an overcast cloudy day
though quite hot and humid. The clouds hovering over the impressive
Buddha statue provided a classic background, the images speak for
|A closer view of the Lord Buddha statue at the
Puthomonthon park. Incense sticks and lotus buds are offered
to the Lord. Remember to take off your shoes when in this part
of the park. The marble area around the statue needs to be
stepped on without your shoes or slippers.
A sight worth visiting on your trip to
Thailand, combine it with some other interesting places in the same
Nakhon Pathom province. Drive further and you can visit a historic
temple called the 'Wat LaiKing', Wat is the Thai word for temple.
Pay your respects to the holy statues in the temple and then walk to
the river that flows behind the temple. You will come across dozens
of visitors standing on a wooden path and feeding the fish in the
river. Bread and food pellets are sold nearby, get ready to see
thousands of fish grabbing the food that you throw into the water.
Another must visit place in Nakhon Pathom is the Buddha Chedi, once
again regarded as the tallesh Buddha stupa in the world.
|This is a closer view of the offerings made by devotees at
the Puthomonthon park. You can see the incense sticks stick
into the large urns. Flowers and lotus buds are also offered
to the Lord. Devotees generally kneel down bare footed in
front of this statue. If you plan to stand up and take
photographs, step back towards the wall and keep your voice
The construction of the Puthamonthon park
started as early as 1957, the park was officially innaugrated during
the Vishaka Bucha festival of that year. The park did not have the
tall Buddha statue at that time, infact construction and development
of the Buddha Monthon park came to a standstill after it's
innaugration. The statue was completed much later in the year 1981.
An interesting thing is that the design for the statue was completed
way back in 1955 by a very respected professor or arts, Silpa
Birasri. Construction resumed after a long break in 1976, this led
to the completion of the big Buddha statue in the Puthamonthon park.
|This photograph was taken as we walked away from the tall
statue of Lord Buddha. The cloud cover grew more dense and we
could feel the rain drops coming down. If you should visit the
Puthamonthon park during the rainy season and this can extend
right upto November, consider including a small umbrella in
your bag. |
The images taken by the Kaisilver team
capture the essence and sanctity of this historic park. The gorgeous
plant formations are also shown in the photos. We have tried to show
the big Buddha statue from many angles and imaged from various
distances. The grounds are so very big that it rarely seems crowded.
However special functions are sometimes held in these grounds and
the place can get very crowded during that time.
|Clean and well maintained plan formations at the Buddha
Monthon park. The lawns are kept clean and tidy, make sure
that you leave them that way when you head back home.
Not much of food is available on the
grounds, you can buy a bottle of cold water though. Souvenirs
include smaller replicas of the big Buddha statue in the grounds.
Religious books and T-shirts carring the image of the big statue can
also be purchased. Remember that the place is of great religious
importance, dress decently, avoid shouting and talking loudly. If
you carry a snack or two with you, there is no regulation against
eating it at the Puthomonthon ground but, make sure that you clean
up the leftovers and any wrappings that you
|Lots of greenery at the park, gardners toil in the hot sun
to create and maintain some truly gorgeous plant formations.
Do not throw any garbage around the place. If you do have a
snack on the grounds make sure that you do not discard any
wrappings or packagings on these well maintained lawns.
The big Buddha statue is mounted on a
wide pedestal, walk on the marbled floor and offer the incense
sticks and lotus flower that is available at the site. Take off your
shoes as you step on the marble floor. We would suggest that you do
one simple thing. Sit on the marble flower legs folded and stare at
the top of the statue, you will experience a strong feeling of calm
and inner peace. Remember that you can respect another religion
without having to change or give up your own religion.
|This photograph was taken by our staff while looking out
from the raised marble portion where the big Buddha statue is
mounted. You can spend an hour walking around the lawns,
ofcourse this presumes that the day is not too hot or humid.
If you plan to include the Puttha Monthon
on your sightseeing trip to Thailand, keep a few things in mind.
Nakhon Pathom is a fairly large province in Thailand. The
Puthamonthon itself can be accessed in around 1.5 hours from
Bangkok by car or van. Keep about 1 hour for walking around the
Puthamonthon lawns and grounds. It is a good idea to combine this
trip with other places nearby. More importantly, behave and dress
decently when visiting this place. It is expected that you talk in a
low voice and not disrespect or insult the true feelings of the
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