Having seen the buddha on Instagram, Elena and me decided to hop on a local bus and head over. We literally had to jump into the bus as the driver swerved over 2 lanes to get to us, opened the back door but barely slowed down. Elena jumped in first then helped me inside while hanging on a seat for dear life. Good grief! The ticket lady looked slightly amused. Well, we were not. We were relieved to be uninjured. But now we have a dramatic tale to tell, right?
The Royal Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen temple on the outskirts of Bangkok dates back to 1610 and is located on an island created by canals flowing from the Chao Phraya river.
In 2022 construction on a 69-meter-tall (230 ft) Buddha statue that will be visible across Bangkok finished. 69 meter, that’s like a 20-storey house. Paid for with $16 million worth of donations. Wowser.