At Wat Ton Pho Sri Maha Pho in Sri Mahosot District of Prachinburi, there is a giant Bodhi tree that is believed to be over 2,000 years old. It has a circumference of 20 meters and a height of 30 meters making it both the biggest and oldest of its kind in Thailand.
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.
Over the years I have attended the morning alms round at least a dozen times in order to take pictures of the monks going out from their temple to collect food from local people. One time I even acted as a “temple boy” and carried the monk’s bag. But, it is not often that I have witnessed monks doing their alms round by boat. Certainly not in Bangkok.
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The National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has revealed more than a 111 temples across the country have been seriously affected by the flooding to the level that monks cannot go out to receive alms-offering. NOB Director General Nopparat Benjawatananun said that the situation has been so serious that monks at these flood-hit temples have to move things to a higher ground while finding it impossible to go out to receive daily alms-offering. He added that the NOB is still awaiting the damage report from the southern region as the number of temples and monks hit by floods remain unknown. As these temples have been literally cut off from the world, the NOB Director General is asking the public to provide necessities to the flood-affected monks (NNT).
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.