Photo: Approaching Wat Si Chum.

Wat Si Chum

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One of Sukhothai’s most magnificent sites, Wat Si Chum houses a massive seated Buddha image with a set of gold-tapered fingers reaching towards the earth, each as tall as a full-grown person.

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Seated at the centre of a towering brick-and-mortar wihaan built in the shape of a four-sided mondop with three-metre-thick walls, the Phra Atchana Buddha image stretches for more than 11 metres across at the waste. The calm and resolved facial expression reflects an atchana, a wise person who simultaneously maintains great strength and composure.

Amazing tapered fingers at Wat Si Chum. Photo taken in or around Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Amazing tapered fingers at Wat Si Chum. Photo: David Luekens

The right hand’s graceful fingers reach towards the earth as the key part of the Subduing Mara posture, depicting the moment when the Buddha remained steadfast in his meditative run to enlightenment as Mara’s demonic armies attempted to topple his concentration. This is the most common posture seen in Buddha images in Thailand, and Phra Atchana is possibly the most stunning depiction of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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