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Wat Indraviharn

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Standing 32 metres tall and 10 metres wide, the Buddha image at Wat Indraviharn is one of the largest in Bangkok.

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Crafted during the reign of King Rama III and touched up on various occasions, the giant image stands exposed to the elements, covered in sparkling gold-tinted panels that twinkle in the sunlight. Drawing a mix of Thai merit makers and curious travellers, it’s one of several famous Buddha images in Thailand known as Luang Phu Toh. Relics of the historical Buddha were supposedly brought from Sri Lanka and enshrined in the image’s topknot.

Yes, Wat Indraviharn is tall. Photo taken in or around Wat Indraviharn, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Yes, Wat Indraviharn is tall. Photo: David Luekens

The wat is quite small, with a surrounding cloister displaying a benjarong porcelain collection among other bits of curio. On the other side of the lane stands a large ordination hall sporting murals of early 19th-century Bangkok along with a vivid portrayal of the Buddha’s parinibbana (death and extinguishment into nirvana) on the interior walls. It also has air-con, but you can’t go inside unless dressed ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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