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Chinatown Heritage Centre & Golden Buddha

Bangkok, Thailand
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The famous solid gold Buddha image has been moved from a drab hall into the soaring spire of a marble mondop (artefact tower) that is so glaringly white you need shades to view its neo-traditional detailing. A museum below explains how it had been cast and then hidden unrecognised within stucco for centuries, probably to keep it from marauding Burmese. Then in 1955, its shell cracked on being dropped from a crane during its move here. Weighing 5.5 tonnes and sitting 3m (10ft) high in 'Calming Mara' pose, the Sukothai-era statue gleams with near-liquid lustre.
The famous solid gold Buddha image has been moved from a drab hall into the soaring spire of a marble mondop (artefact tower) that is so glaringly white you need shades to view its neo-traditional detailing. A museum below explains how it had been cast and then hidden unrecognised within stucco for centuries, probably to keep it from marauding Burmese. Then in 1955, its shell cracked on being dropped from a crane during its move here. Weighing 5.5 tonnes and sitting 3m (10ft) high in 'Calming Mara' pose, the Sukothai-era statue gleams with near-liquid lustre.
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