Wat Phra Thong in Phuket is a popular attraction for both local residents who come to pray and tourists who visit to see a large Buddha statue which only shows its upper half as if it was emerging from the ground. There are several myths about the Buddha statue, been told in several styles, but all contains one main concept that no one could ever dig up this Buddha statue so people gave up, restored it as it is today, and named the statue Luang Po Phra Phut (“Buddha that emerges from the ground”).
At Wat Phikhun Thong in Singburi, you can find one of the largest seated Buddhas in Thailand. The large image, which faces East, is 23 metres wide and 42 metres high, and is made of concrete and decorated with golden mosaic. To take pictures from the front, it is best to visit this temple in the morning.
Wat Phra Non Chakkrasi Worawihan in Singburi houses a huge Sukhothai-style reclining Buddha image, which is revered by the local people and renowned for its large size, almost 46 metres long.
The Buddha image at Wat Buraphaphiram can be seen for miles around. This is mainly because at 59.2 metres, it is the tallest Standing Buddha in Thailand. If you include the pedestal then it is an incredible 67.85 meters high.
I’m always on the lookout for unusual or rare Buddha images. I saw this one posted today on the Facebook page of Aungkana Pumpaka. She didn’t give much information other than to say it was taken at Wat Tha Mai in Samut Sakhon (วัดท่าไม้ จ.สมุทรสาคร). Click here to see what I think is the location of the temple on a map. I have made a note to visit the next time I am in that area and will confirm this for you. From the picture, it looks like the Buddha is holding his hands up to his ears. What is also unusual is the way he is crossing his legs.
Let me know in the comments if you know of any other unusual Buddha images in Thailand.
I have seen some strange Buddha images in my time. Everything from a Buddha where you can go inside to see the heart to one with eleven toes. At first glance this is another one of those strange ones. It looks very much like the birth of a Buddha or maybe an Inner Buddha. In reality, it is a small Buddha that had decayed over the years and the Abbott had decided to build a bigger one around it. Then the other day the frontal section of the Buddha cracked revealing the smaller Buddha inside. I am not sure if they will keep it like this. I hope they will. If you are anywhere near Wat Ban Kaeng Tai in Tron district of Uttaradit, then go and take a look and let me know.