Wat Phra Dhammakaya - the world’s largest Buddhist temple
The name of its temple means "Temple of the respected body of the Dhamma", the language of the oldest, original teachings of Buddha. Every day mass rituals are held over here.
The Buddhist templeWat Phra Dhammakaya is located about 50 km from the Bangkokinternational airport Suvarnabhumi. The temple's area is 320,000 square meters and it is located in Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani province. It looks like a stadium or a UFO.
The Buddhist temple Wat Phra Dhammakaya
The temple is very famous because of its architecture. Its shape looks like a flying UFO landing on a water surface. The base is huge and has a circular shape. There are comfortable wide stairs going up to the top. On the top of this temple, there is a hemispherical golden dome, which is the Memorial Hall of the sect’s founder, Phramonkolthepmuni.
Here are a million gold-coated bronze statues of Buddha
To go up to the top, visitors must take at least 15 minutes walks. At the center of the structure is a huge dome, the Dhammakaya Cetiya. Dhammakaya Cetiya is covered by a million gold-coated bronze statues of Buddha, with 300,000 statues outside and 700,000 inside of the temple.
Close-up of hundreds of thousands of Buddha statues which are nestled outside and inside the temple. All of the statues create a splendor and magnificent for this massive temple.
The solemn Buddhist activity held in this temple is considered as the biggest Buddhist ceremony in the world with the participation of more than 100,000 monks.
There are up to 100,000 monks
Mass rituals and meditations are held every day, helped by thousands of volunteers. Already a community of 3,000 monks, novices, laymen and laywomen live within Wat Phra Dhammakaya making it the largest temple in Thailand in terms of inhabitants. One of the main ceremonies takes place in the afternoon when the sun goes down. All of the monks sit in front of a large candle and meditate on the sun down. The large candle gives the light for the whole area.
Tens of thousands of Buddhist monks line up according to the marked positions marked, simultaneously kowtow in a solemn atmosphere.
The money to build this temple is estimated up to a billion dollars
Giant dome called Dhammakaya Cetiya shimmers and shines at night
The temple is open for every day of the week and visitors can move easily by bus or taxi from Bangkok to visit this unique structure. However, travelers are advised to choose a cloudy day because they have to walk a lot outside of the temple.