Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Thai-founded Buddhist temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

If this temple reminds you of Bangkok you're not imagining things — it was founded by a Thai monk.

It's also known as the Temple of 1,000 Lights for the countless bulbs that surround its main idol: a 15 metre-tall, 300 ton-heavy, seated Buddha, which dwarfs the inter-faith group of gods around him.

The temple walls are adorned with colourful murals depicting Buddha's life and a huge mother-of-pearl replica of a Buddha footprint from Sri Lanka.

The temple is the centre of activities on Vesak Day, the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment.

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366 Race Course Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-16:45
Last updated: 14th November, 2014

About the author:
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.
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