Most revered Golden Buddha A.D. 1324

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    As we were running late cause temple Wat Phrachao Phananchoeng is closing at 17:00, we rushed in at 16:57, past the entrance hall with Buddha statues plastered with goldpaper and burning candles, and arrived at a rather small door. Once we stepped through it, a quite small space opened up in front of us. Our eyes were immediately drawn towards the enormous golden Buddha in front of us. The tight space around it only underlined the vastness of this old and shiny statue. As we were still standing on the doorstep, people below us were praying on the floor, and they looked especially small compared to the gigantic Buddha. In fact, the base of Wat Phanan Choeng is elevated above a human size - and from there, towers another 19 metres above the floor. Right in front of it, three heavy safes act as the inevitable donation boxes, there is a richly filled altar, and when you stand behind it, you get a good idea about the dimension of this statue: the head seems far away and small compared to the knee and hand right above you. But there is more to this temple. Walking around the base of the golden Buddha takes you past other, smaller Buddhas in various sizes - some of them very elegant, you can see worshippers rattling fortune sticks, lighting candles, orange robes for devotees... But wherever you go, you always see the golden Buddha of Wat Phanan Choeng from different angles. On the backside, there is a spiral staircase, which leads to the top of the statue. Unfortunately, this is not accessible to regular visitors. The flashy and shiny appearance of the golden Buddha of Wat Phanan Choeng belies its age: this statue was erected in 1324, even before the founding of Ayutthaya. It has been damaged several times, but always repaired. The wihaan is barely big enough to cover the statue. It has survived the sacking of the city by the Burmese, although according to legend, tears flowed from its eyes when it happened. Now, the Buddha appears serene, and it can be confident about its future. There is no more reason for it to cry: this is the most active temple of Ayutthaya and it is therefore always surrounded by worshippers.

    Wat Phanan Choeng overlooking the river on the opposite bank from the main city. Photo taken of the golden Buddha inside the Wat Phrachao Phananchoeng in the Historical park of Ayutthaya. UNESCO has designated the old Ayutthaya to the "World Heritage Site" list.

    Ayutthaya gesticht rond 1350 werd over een periode van ca. 400 jaar door 33 koningen gebouwd. In het begin van de 17de eeuw had de stad een bevolking van 1 miljoen inwoners en was ze een van de rijkste steden van Azië. Bezocht door Portugezen, Engelsen, Fransen, Nederlanders en Chinezen beschreven deze hoezeer ze onder de indruk waren van de vele rijkdommen die men er zag. Maar andermaal waren het de Birmanen na herhaalde pogingen die in 1767 erin slaagden na een langdurige belegering de stad te veroveren. Ze gingen uiterst woest tekeer, staken de ganse stad in brand en vele monumenten gingen voor altijd verloren. Inwoners die niet konden vluchten werden gedood of in slavernij weggevoerd. Andermaal ging een roemrijke stad ten onder.... Gelukkig geven de overgebleven ruïnes toch nog een heel goede indruk van de grandeur van destijds. De site is opgenomen op de lijst van World Heritage Monuments Werelderfgoed van de Unesco. Wat Phrachao Phananchoeng of Wat Panang Choeng: deze tempel werd eigenlijk reeds gebouwd vóór dat Ayutthaya tot hoofdstad werd benoemd en is één van de oudste tempels in Ayutthaya. In de vihara is een 19 meter hoge, zittende Boeddha te zien die als het ware het dak ondersteund. Rondom dit beeld zijn in nissen honderden kleine Boeddhabeeldjes opgesteld. De Boeddha is gebouwd in 1325 maar onbekend is door wie. Deze gouden Boeddha is één van de meest vereerde beelden door de inwonders van Ayutthaya. Verder kunt u in de tempel kunt u veel Chinese invloeden vinden en een Chinese tempel.

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    1. ♥ Sabrina Dacos ♥ 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful angle and love the golden shine... great job, Ben!

    2. Richard Roscoe Photography 54 months ago | reply

      Great capture.
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    3. The one M 54 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Here, There and Everywhere, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. atena-w. 54 months ago | reply

      This Great Photographic Art was made by a Diamond Class Photographer!
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    5. simonparisphotography 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot - the sharpness and focus is perfect

      AS SEEN IN::


      Totally Thailand

    6. Allard Schager 54 months ago | reply

      Het is alles goud wat er blinkt..........mooie pov!

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    7. Astrid Photography. 54 months ago | reply

      Schitterende gouden buddha kleuren....!

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    8. koko_pictures 54 months ago | reply

      Reuze handen.......dat moet 'n geweldig grote Buddha zijn........

    9. Mathieu Noel 54 months ago | reply

      Fantastic PoV, really impressive Buddha ... well done Ben ... have a nice day, [thx for your visit!!!]

    10. Philippe Sainte-Laudy 54 months ago | reply

      Absolutely wonderful!!! A favorite!

    11. Bea Kotecka *Come back :) * 54 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *Little stories-pics with "soul"*:Invited photos only !, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      my Fav too;)))

    12. Johan_Leiden 54 months ago | reply

      Hier had ik helemaal overheen gekeken en ook tijdens mijn bezoek aan Ayutthaya heb ik deze helaas gemist. Wat een prachtige hoek heb je gekozen, echt heel indrukwekkend!

    13. Katarina 2353 54 months ago | reply

      Genial perspective Ben!

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    14. Lopamudra! 54 months ago | reply

      So sacred !!

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sacred Manner, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. "Jason Hong" [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

      Outstanding... Someday, i love to visit there.

    16. David Azurmendi 13 months ago | reply

      Your photos from this country are preety cool

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