Phra Phutthamonthon

The tallest standing Buddha

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Here you'll find a statue that is both the world's tallest standing Buddha and the world's tallest copper statue. Called Buddha Monthon, it stands 15.88m and looks over a large reservoir. Monthon is set amid well-kept gardens sprawling an enoumous 400ha - a fittingly grandiose setting for such a stunning tribute to the Buddha. The statue was built in 1957 to mark 2,500 years of Buddhism.

Also on the grounds are landscaped tributes to the four stages of Buddah's life; his birth, enlightenment, teaching and nirvana. About 1km to the right of the main entrance is an auditorium, monastic library and museum of Buddhism.

Phra Phutthamonthon is a wonderfully landscaped area, tended by an army of gardeners, but aside from gaping at the statue for a few minutes there's really not a lot to do here.

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Off Highway 4 (to Nakhon Pathom), Phuttamonthon 4 section
How to get there: From Bangkok, catch bus number 84, 170, 730 or 847 from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) and make sure you tell the attendant where you mean to get off. From Nakhorn Pathom it's a bit more tricky. Catch one of the Bangkok-bound buses and get off after about half-an-hour. Use an overhead walkway to get across the busy highway and either hail a cab or jump on a local bus that takes a left. You'll come to the entrance of Phra Phuttamonthon after about 2km.
Last updated: 22nd April, 2006

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