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Wat Mongkol Bophit, Ayutthaya
Thailand

Head back south along Sri Sanphet Road. Just south of Wat Sri Sanphet is Wat Mongkhol Bophit, a single late Ayutthaya Wiharn built to house the 15th Century Phra Mongkol Bophit, a huge bronze Buddha statue, 9.5 meters accross the lap, and 12.45 meters high, not including the pedestal.


The present building was completely renovated in 1956, and is only just big enough to house the statue. Photgraphs around the inside of the wiharn show the delapidated state of the original Ayutthaya building prior to its restoration: the great black Buddha image stands in the center of the ruins, under an open sky. After the rebuilding of the wiharn the great bronze statue was entirely covered with gold leaf to give it its current splendor.

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Copyright: Jedsada Puangsaichai
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Taken: 06/12/2009
Uploaded: 29/12/2009
Updated: 13/06/2014
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