The World’s Largest Solid Gold Statue: The Buddha Statue

Golden Buddha statue

The Golden Buddha, is located in the temple of Wat in Thailand Traimitit and is officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon,it is the world’s largest solid gold statue.

The ancestries of this statue remain uncertain. It is made in the Sukhothai Dynasty style, and is assumed to have been made in the Sukhothai period in the 13th-14th centuries, though it could have been made afterwards that time.

The head of the statue is egg-shaped, which identifies its origin in the Sukothai period. Sukothai art had Indian influences.

The Buddha Metal figures are made in India used to be reserved to several countries for installation.The Golden Buddha statue have been cast in parts in India.

At some point of time, the statue was totally plastered over to avoid it from being stolen.

Therefore, the statue was covered with a thick heavy layer of stucco, which was later painted.

The plaster was also decorated with bits of colored glass. It is assumed that this plastering over took place before the destruction of Ayutthaya kingdom by Burmese invaders.

The statue persisted among the ruins of Ayutthaya without attracting much attention.

The statue stands an impressive 3 meters tall and weighs a staggering 5.5 metric tons.

At present-day gold prices of $1500 an oz, it weighs around 200,000 oz. of gold and might cost in precious metal single-handedly at least $300 million.