Thailand is home to several dazzling temples and venerated Buddha figures. Unlike many gilded Buddha statues, this statue is constructed entirely of gold. It is the world's largest solid gold Buddha statue, at 3.91 meters tall and 3.01 meters broad. It weights a whopping five and a half tons! The image was created in India by Buddhist monks and shipped to Thailand where it was erected in its current location on Erawan Shrine's island in the Chao Phraya River.
Many people don't know that almost all of Thailand's famous temples are made of pure gold or silver. Even the wooden parts inside some temples are often gold or silver plated.
Thais believe that gold and silver have special properties that make them useful for protecting living things. Trees are planted near ancient coins and other gold objects because they believe this gives them magical powers.
People also believe that gold can cure illnesses, so doctors will sometimes use gold plates during surgery. In addition, priests sometimes wear golden robes to show that they are chosen by God.
Of course, gold has many other uses in modern society too. For example, it is used to make jewelry, cars, and electronics.
Thai temples experience high levels of traffic, so they need to be built to last for hundreds of years. They use gold because it is valuable but also has special protective properties.
The Statue's History and Importance Whereas most Buddha statues are gilded, the Golden Buddha is genuine gold. The picture is one of Thailand's most popular statues and a must-see when you visit. It was created in Ayuthaya by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) for the temple he built to house it: Wat Phra Kaew. The king ordered the image cast in Paris at the expense of his kingdom. He also ordered that it be filled with pure gold until it reached his height. The statue itself is about 9 feet tall and weighs almost 15 tons.
Why do some people say the Buddha has no body? That's because they're talking about Buddhist philosophy rather than physical anatomy. The Buddha lived over 2,500 years ago and since then many things have been learned about human biology and medicine. Over time, some doctors and scientists have concluded that the Buddha can't be physically dead because there are still living beings who have felt his pain through their own experience. Instead, they believe him to be a spiritual being who no longer has any need for a physical body.
Some people think that because the Buddha did not provide any medical advice during his life, he cannot be used as a source for medical information. This is not correct.
The statue of the Golden Buddha is a golden sculpture of a seated Buddhist figure dated from 538 to 540. It is one of the most important monuments in Chinese art and is located in Sichuan province, China.
It is a hollow cast bronze body with a gold-plated skin and ornaments. The hair, eyebrows, and beard are also of gold. The eyes are of jade; the nose, mouth, and ears are of silver. The fingers and toes are of copper.
The statue originally stood about 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall and was given as a gift to the West Chinese city of Chengdu by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. It now stands in the International Garden Hotel complex near to its original site.
The statue was constructed using a lost-wax casting process with parts individually crafted by local artists. It took more than 200 hours to complete it entirely by hand.
The statue was stolen from its plinth during a party at the hotel in 1996 but was recovered three months later.