Construction of the Giant Buddha Statue in Bangkok Completed this Year

Construction of the giant 69-meter-tall Buddha statue that will be seen throughout Bangkok is nearing completion but its opening may be delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the temple that built the Buddha statue said.

UMMATIMES - The Royal Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen Temple on the outskirts of Bangkok was built in 1610 and is located on an island created by canals flowing from the Chao Phraya River.

Work on the 20-story tall statue began in 2017 and was scheduled to finish this year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the official opening could be delayed until 2022, temple spokesman Pisan Sangkapinij said.

The statue of Phra Buddha Dhammakya Thepmongkhon, made of copper and painted gold, sits in the lotus position.

The sculpture parts are manufactured in China before being sent to Thailand for assembly.

The giant Buddha statue will be visible from all parts of the railway line that runs through the capital Bangkok, Pisan said.

Using a US$16 million donation, the temple decided to build a statue in honor of Buddhism and also as a tribute to the former abbot of Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro who helped develop the temple as a famous meditation center, he said.

The statue has attracted double the number of visitors to the temple than usual, he said, and the temple is expecting more visitors once the Thai border reopens to tourists.

The tallest Buddha statue in Thailand is the statue of Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin in Ang Thong Province which is 92 meters high.