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Phuket has a white marble Buddha statue

posted Sep 26, 2011, 11:37 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Sep 26, 2011, 11:41 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Phuket island has a new attraction where visitors can go to a clifftop to pay respects to a large Buddha image.

Overlooking Chalong beach, the seated statue is 45 metres high and 25.45 metres wide and made of white marble. The total construction cost is 80 million baht, raised mainly by donation.

The official name, bestowed by the present Supreme Patriarch, is 'Phraphuttha Mingmongkol Akenagakhiri' and the Buddha is located in Wat Kittisangkharam.

Still under construction, work on the image started on Dec 5, 2007 to commemorate the 80th birthday anniversary of HM the King. Intended as a Buddha Park for Buddhists to make pilgrimages or practice meditation, the project is managed by Mingmongkol Sattha 45 Foundation, led by chairman Suporn Wanichakul, a local businessman.

The large image has become known as one of the landmarks of the resort island and is also a good location for those who want bird's eye view of Phuket.

When completed, there will also be a seated Buddha image in bronze 12 metres in width, a prayer hall and two-story halls to be built under the Big Buddha, a canteen and a museum.

The project still has a long way to go and welcomes donations.

To get to the temple from Phuket town, drive to Chaofa Noak Road and turn on to Soi Yot Saneh about 800 metres after passing Wat Chalong. The drive to the top of the cliff is about 6 kilometres.

Source: BKP