Catching a long tail boat for a tour of the Khlongs (canals) is one of my favourite ways to explore Bangkok. In a tropical monsoon climate, there is relief to be found in the river breeze. Along Khlong Dan we happened across the assembly of a 69-metre-tall Buddha statue at the royal temple, Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen.
This temple was established in 1610 and is known for its charity and a nationwide project to propagate the five precepts in Thai society. The construction of this Buddha, called “Phra Buddha Dhammakāya Thepmongkhon” began in 2017. Built in honour of former abbot Luang Pu Sodh and the Thai Royal Family, this captivating statue is made from pure bronze.