Wat Paknam  -  Big Buddha at Wat Paknam
 Known as:   Great Buddha    
 Description:   Deep in a network of canals in the oldest part of Thailand's capital city stands a newly completed giant clad in glowing bronze. Towering nearly 70 meters above the ground, the height of a 20-story building, it is the city's biggest Buddha image, with a width of 40 meters in its cross-legged meditation posture.
The image, built since 2017 at a cost of 100 million baht ($3.3 million), looms over the Klong Dan waterway at Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen, a temple founded in 1610. Named Dhammakaya Dhepmongkol, it is the most ambitious recent project of its kind in the country, reflecting Thailand's continuing reverence for Buddha images.
Although Wat Paknam is not on the conventional tourist trail, it is a revered landmark for many Buddhists because it is where the Dhammakaya Buddhist movement -- whose teachings conflict with Thailand's majority Theravada tradition -- was founded in the early 20th century.
The Dhammakaya movement's popularity has transformed the temple, which was in a state of disrepair at the end of the 19th century but is now a wealthy center for Buddhist studies, with hundreds of resident monks, lay workers and mae chi -- the white-clad lay women who are often referred to as nuns, although women cannot be ordained in Thai Buddhism.
An 80 meters high, 12-sided stupa was completed on the site in 2012, with five floors, a museum, a hall and a glass chedi (a monument or shrine) of an intense emerald-green hue, greatly increasing the number of visitors and revenue flow. (Source: Asia.nikkei.com)
 Province   Bangkok  Direction:      
 District   Phasi Charoen    
 City   Pak Khlong Phasi Charoen  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Temples-Churches and Mosques      Related links:      
 Best exposure   AM/PM          
 Opening time   n/a          
 Entry fee   Free     GPS :   13.7213, 100.47113    
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