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Visit Phutthamonthon (Nakhon Pathom)

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Phutthamonthon

Thai name : พุทธมณฑล

GPS : 13.77637667,100.32105167 (See on the map)
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom

Presentation

Phutthamonthon is a Buddhist park in Nakhon Pathom province halfway between the capital of the province and Bangkok which is thirty kilometers away. It is best known for its 15.8 meters high Walking Buddha which is reportedly tallest of this kind in the world. The statue is located at the center of a landscaped park of 400 hectares which contains sculptures representing major stages of the Buddha's life : His birth symbolized by seven lotus flowers, his first sermon to His disciples , His enlightenment under the tree Bodhi and His death. The park also contains the temple of marble Canon Pali which houses the founding texts of Theravada Buddhism in Thai carved on 1418 marbre panels. The construction of Phuttha Monthon park began July 29, 1955 for an inauguration on Vaisakh Bucha Day, May 13, 1957. The Walking Buddha statue dates from 1981.
Phutthamonthon often presents itself as the world center of Buddhism, however that is an unofficial name. Note that you may find the name Bhuddha Monthon or Bhuddhamonthon to designate the park but it signs indicate Phutthamonthon. For every Buddhist holiday, there is a ceremony here, the most notable are probably those of Asanha Bucha and Loy Krathong.

Practical information about Phutthamonthon

Free admission
You can go to the Phutthamonthon park from Bangkok by taking buses 539 or 170. They pass by the main entrance (more than one hour). From Nakhon Pathom , though most buses to Bangkok can drop you off at the intersection, which is located 1 km from the park entrance, few will accept to do so. The best is probably to take bus 6147 (one bus every half hour, fare 23 THB) which departs on Phayapan Road opposite Mitr Sampan Hotel. The trip takes one hour. By default, it will drop you at Mahidol University where you have to cross the road via the bridge. There is apparently blue songthaew that can take you to Putthamonthon park but we suggest you to rather ask the bus driver to drop you off just before it turns left to Salaya. Get down when you see on the left the black triangle of Mahidol University Technology Innovation Center and then go on the pedestrian bridge to cross the road and turn right just before the highway bridge. Putthamonthon's entrance is one kilometer straight away.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Phutthamonthon is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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