The Great Buddha of Thailand stands sentinel over the entire country here in Lopburi.
In Thailand’s central plains Lopburi and Ang Thong, some of the country’s phenomenal Khmer monuments sprawl over acres of history-ladened land. It is among the oldest cities in the region, serving as the capital of the empire in the 17th century. Today, Ang Thong makes an impression with the incredible Wat Muang temple and the mischievous monkeys roaming the highlight attractions. Half a day is more than enough to explore it at your own pace and witness the architectural feats of the epic Khmer empire.
Wat Muang anchors Lopburi with its gigantic golden figure—no wonder people call it the Great Buddha of Thailand. The dazzling Buddha is the tallest statue in all of Thailand, and the ninth tallest in the world. With its seated position and iconic smile, the figure serves as a beacon of light for travelers and locals alike. As you stroll around the temple and marvel at the statue, monkeys will liven up your visit. But, arguably the most unforgettable moment is touching the Buddha’s hand. You can step on the stage installed for this specific occasion and make your trip all the more memorable. Some say that it brings good luck to touch the slender golden fingers of the Buddha.
Alongside the Buddha statue, there are several monuments and murals embellishing the gardens of Wat Muang. Murals here depict all kinds of Thai stories, ranging from legends of war to mythic poems. Battle re-enactments are especially rewarding to observe, and there are also an eclectic collection of religious statues. There is no better place in Thailand to learn about eastern beliefs and philosophies. Pay a visit to the Hell Garden and the statues of Phi Pret, and revel in the intriguing stories of Thai culture.
Tours visiting Lopburi
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