Land of a Billion Buddha

Land of a Billion Buddha

As the epicenter of Theravada Buddhism, Southeast Asia is dutifully filled with tributes to their spiritual leader, the Buddha.  Due to the intermingling of faith, culture and history, any visitor to Southeast Asia and Thailand in particular will find themselves chasing Buddha across the country.  Here is a photo journal of just a few of the spectacular Buddhas of Thailand.  Click on photos to see a larger version.

Buddha surrounded by opulence.  (Wat Saket, Bangkok

See article about our visit to Bangkok

Buddha touching the sky.  (Wat Indrawiharn, Bangkok).

Buddhas made of gold. (Wat Traimit, Bangkok)

Buddha that survived the fall of it’s kingdom and temple.  (Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Ayutthaya)

Buddha laying down with a golden blanket.  (Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

See article about our visit to Chiang Mai.

Big bellied Buddha.  More similar to the Chinese and Japanese representation. (Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai)

Inside the modern temple at Wat Chedi Luang. (Chiang Mai)

Buddha atop one of Thailand’s highest peaks.  (Wat Prathat Doi Suthep outside Chiang Mai)

Not to be outdone, a new, much larger Buddha on top of a mountain in Chiang Mai’s little sister city, Chiang Rai.  (Doi In Cee, Chiang Rai)

Buddha made of Jade.  (Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai)

Buddha on the water.  (Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai)

See article on our visit to Sukhothai.

Buddha behind closed doors.  (Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai)

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» Mom A :
Apr 21, 2011

Good job keeping track of so many! Keep it up. It will probably be more than 100 days before you won’t see Buddha.

» bka :
Apr 28, 2011

your photos bring out the warmth, love and mystique that the buddha’s mona lisa-esque smile share in so many ways……great stuff……be safe…..peace..love bka

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