Seven Tallest Buddha Statues of Thailand
It is recorded that King Asoka had played an important role to spread out Buddhism in Thailand during the 3rd century. He sent monks to learn and follow the Buddha's teaching. Besides learning Buddha's teaching, they also preached about Buddhism to the public. This is how Buddhism spread in Thailand and became prevalent. Later, King Kanitsaka the Great also send groups of monks throughout the Central Asia with the motive to spread the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. This behavior helped to establish Mahayana Buddhism in Thailand. Again, later in the 13th century, King Ramkhamhaeng requested senior monks from Sri Lanka to teach their views of Buddhism in Thailand. Therefore, Theravada Buddhism then spread in Thailand and became state religion in Thailand.
In the present context, Thailand is considered to be one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhist pilgrims. The pilgrims mainly visit cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, Wat Pharathat Doi Suthep, Phra Pathom Chedi, Wat Phra Kaew, etc. Apart from the pilgrimage sites, there are many tallest Antique Buddha statues. Some of the tallest Buddha statues are mentioned below.
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, Ang Thong Province
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin is also known as the Great Buddha or Big Buddha of Thailand. This Buddha statue is located in the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong Province. This Sakyamuni Buddha Statue is the tallest statue in Thailand and is considered 8th or 9th tallest in the world. The height of this statue is about 92 m and width is 63 m. It nearly took 18 years to build this tallest statue. This Buddha statue is depicted in Bhumisparsha Mudra gesture.
Phra Maha Muni Phuttha Ratana Mongkhon, Roi Et Province
Phra Maha Muni Phuttha Ratana Mongkhon, also known as Luangpho Yai, is the tallest standing Buddha statue in Thailand. This Buddha statue is placed in Wat Burapha Phirom, one of the famous temple in Roi ET Province. The statue measures 59 m and depicted in Varada Mudra gesture.
Phra Buddhasaiyas, Bangkok
Phra Buddhasaiyas is famous Reclining Buddha placed in Buddhist temple, Wat Pho, in Bangkok. This antique Buddha statue was built in 1832 with the length of 46 m. It has been recorded that the most striking feature of this Buddha statue is the giant mother of pearl feet.
Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri, Phuket
Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri is also known as Big Buddha which is 45 m tall and 25 m width at the base of the statue. This statue is depicted in seating posture with Bhumisparsa and Dhyani Mudra gesture. The whole statue is constructed with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. It is situated at one of the tallest hills in Phuket.
Phra Noon, Ayutthaya
Phra Noon situated at Wat Lokayasutharam in the city of Ayutthaya is a Reclining Buddha Statue. The length of this Antique Buddha Statue is 37 m long and 8 m high. The Buddha's head is placed on a lotus and the legs are overlapped to show the equalized toes. The statue was constructed in the style of the middle Ayutthaya period.
Phra Si Ariyamettrai, Bangkok
Phra Si Ariyamettrai, also known as Luang Pho To, is a standing Buddha build at Wat Intharawihan Phra Nakhon. This Buddha statue is broad and flat and is 32 m tall. The Buddha statue is depicted as carrying a begging bowl and has Ushnisha which contains a Buddhist relic gifted by the government of Sri Lanka.
Phra Buddha Metta Pracha Thai Trailokanath Gandhararath Anusorn
Phra Buddha Metta Pracha Thai Trailokanath Gandhararath Anusorn is the tallest Bronze Buddha statue depicted with Abhaya Mudra Gesture. This Buddha statue is built in park of 512,000 square m which took around four years to complete.
Above mentioned Antique Buddha Statues and Buddha Statues are the tallest statues of the Thailand. Apart from these statues, there are other statues in different temples that has its own importance. Pilgrims have been visiting these places to know about those places every year.