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How do people in Korat call the Thao Suranaree Monument in the center of town? (Mundo/Yamo/Supa/Mall):

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:00:06 PM »

There are a couple of good pictures, taken by Werner Schwalm five years ago, in the gallery of
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 15, 2014, 03:39:14 PM »

1,250 steps well done.

The local people refer to this statue as “Luang Por Khao”, which could be loosely translated as the “spiritual guide from the mountain”.

This Buddha statue belongs to the Wat Theppitak Punaram temple at the base of the hill.
There is some symbolism involved in the measures of the statue:

the elevation of the statue of 112 meters or 56 Thai Wa above ground level refers to the 56 goodnesses of Buddhism;

the total of 1,250 steps of the two paths left and right leading uphill to the statue signify the number of disciples of the Lord Buddha who assembled on Maka Buja Day without prior notice;
the height of the statue of 45 meters means the number of years Buddha spent in teaching the people after he had attained enlightenment.
Posted by: Al
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:07:08 AM »

We visited the big white Buddha on the side of the hill, visible from the highway, yesterday.  The many steps to reach the Buddha caused my family to view it from the temple grounds, so I was left on my own to make the trek up.  It was well worth the effort and got me wondering.

Does anyone here have any knowledge of when and how it was built?  The internet seems to come up a bit short in that area.