Viharn Phra Mongkhol Bophit, Ayutthaya
The main feature of Viharn Phra Mongkhol Bophit is the large bronze (gilded) Buddha image, named Phra Mongkhon Bophit. The image measures 12.45 meters in height and 9.55 meters across the base (not including the pedestal), and is constructed of brick and bronze. After the collapse of Wat Phra Mongkol Bophit made by Burmese armies in 1767, the Buddha, actually, had been sitting under the open sky for 200 years. In the mid-1950s, the Prime Minister of Myanmar gave a donation for the renovation of the temple, witch is completed in 1957 in the same style as the former one and is large enough to house the giant Buddha. In celebration of the 60th birthday of H.M. Queen Sirikit in 1922, the statue was entirely covered with gold leaf, which gave its current splendid look.
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