Phuket Big Buddha
|พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคคีรี (Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri)|
The statue in 2012, before being covered with white marble
|Location||Wat Kitthi Sangkharam, Karon, Meaung, Phuket, Thailand|
|Type||Buddha statue, Maravijaya Attitude|
|Material||Concrete, covered with white marble|
|Height||45 metres (148 ft)|
|Dedicated to||Buddha (Guatama)|
Phuket Big Buddha, or The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a seated Maravija Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand. The official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri (Thai: พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคคีรี; RTGS: phra phuttha ming mongkhon eknakhakhiri), shortened to Ming Mongkol Buddha. Sitting atop Nakkerd Hill (sometimes Nagakerd) near Chalong, construction began in 2004. Expansion of the base was ongoing as of 2015.  By 2017, 80 percent of the project had been completed. It is the third-tallest statue in Thailand behind only the Great Buddha of Thailand and Luangpho Yai.
The Buddha statue depicts Gautama in a sitting position (Maravichai: มารวิชัย) and is 45 metres (148 feet) tall and 25.45 metres (83.5 feet) wide. It is made of concrete and covered with Burmese white marble. Facing towards Ao Chalong Bay the statue is the main Buddha of the Wat Kitthi Sankaram temple (Wat Kata). The statue was declared the "Buddhist Treasure of Phuket" by Somdet Phra Yanasangwon, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, in 2008.
The statue cost 30 million Baht (approx. $950,000 US in February 2019), sourced primarily from donations. It was built legally in a national conserved forest with the approval of Thai Royal Forest Department.
The statue's official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakakiri (Thai: พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคคีรี) meaning:
- Phra Phutta (พระพุทธ-) = the Buddha
- Ming Mongkol (มิ่งมงคล) = gloriously honourable
- Ake (เอก) = top of
- Nakakiri (นาคคีรี) = the hill of naka (which refers to Nakkerd Hill, the place where the statue is located).
Together, it means the gloriously honourable Buddha on the top of the hill of Naga (Nakkerd Hill).
- Other tallest statues in Thailand:
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