Great Buddha of Thailand

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Great Buddha of Thailand
พระพุทธมหานวมินทรศากยมุนีศรีวิเศษชัยชาญ (Phra Phuttha Mahanawamintra Sakayamunee Sri Visejchaicharn)
พระพุทธมหานวมินทรศากยมุนีศรีวิเศษชัยชาญ Huge sitting buddha - panoramio (1).jpg
Coordinates14°35′35.60″N 100°22′40.02″E / 14.5932222°N 100.3777833°E / 14.5932222; 100.3777833 (Great Buddha of Thailand (Ang Thong, Thailand))
LocationWat Muang, Wiset Chai Chan, Ang Thong, Thailand
TypeBuddha statue in Maravijaya attitude
MaterialConcrete
Height92 metres (302 ft)
Completion date2008
Dedicated toBuddha (Guatama)

The Great Buddha of Thailand, also known as The Big Buddha, The Big Buddha of Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, and Mahaminh Sakayamunee Visejchaicharn (Thai: พระพุทธมหานวมินทรศากยมุนีศรีวิเศษชัยชาญ; RTGSPhra Phuttha Maha Nawaminthara Sakkayamuni Si Wiset Chai Chan), was in November 2018 the tallest statue in Thailand, the second tallest statue in Southeast Asia, and the ninth-tallest in the world.[1]

Located in the Wat Muang temple in Ang Thong Province,[2] this statue stands 92 m (300 ft) high, and is 63 m (210 ft) wide. Construction commenced in 1990, and was completed in 2008. It is painted gold and made of concrete.[3] The Buddha is in the seated posture called Maravijaya Attitude.

The statue was built following the order of Phra Kru Vibul Arjarakhun, the first abbot of Wat Muang temple, in order to commemorate the King Bhumibol of Thailand. The statue was built using the donated money from faithful Buddhists considering as the act of making merit. The budget spent on the statue was roughly 104,200,000 baht. The statue can now be observed from the far distance, marking the fame of both Ang Thong province and Thailand.

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The statue's formal name, Phra Phuttha Mahanawamintra Sakayamunee Sri Visejchaicharn (Thai: พระพุทธมหานวมินทรศากยมุนีศรีวิเศษชัยชาญ), was given by Phra Khru Vibul Arjarakun, and means "the Lord Buddha of Wiset Chai Chan, Built in Honor of King Bhumibol." The name is a blend of Sanskrit words: Phra Phuttha (lit. 'Lord Buddha', Sanskrit varabuddha); Mahanawamintra (Bhumibol's royal title, Sanskrit mahānavamindra), Sakayamunee (Sanskrit śākyamunī), and Visejchaicharn (Sanskrit śrīviśeṣajayajāña)

The statue is also known as Luangpho Yai (หลวงพ่อใหญ่) or Luangpho To (หลวงพ่อโต); neither terms refer to any specific Buddha statue. The names literally mean Big Buddha, and are used for any colossal Buddha statue.

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