Friday, June 27, 2014

Foreign Friday

Golden Buddha
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
The Golden Buddha is the world's largest solid gold buddha. It is nearly 10 foot tall and weighs over 5 ton. Click on the link for additional information about the buddha and its history.

The buddha was beautiful; however, it saddened me to see the abject poverty immediately outside the door of the temple where this priceless object was housed.

Golden Buddha


9 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of gold! Interesting history, too.

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  2. You know, that was my exact thought. I was watching a tv show about the Vatican treasures and my thoughts were heading to how much food and water that could buy for the needy.

    Our church went through a big expansion. They built a multi-million dollar building for the youth group. They have a rock wall, a computer room, a game room with all the latest video games...it sickened me. All this stuff for rich kids who already HAVE all that stuff, while a mile away there are kids going without food and basic necessities. Oh golly --- this turned into a rant over a very beautiful Buddha. Can you tell this is a hot topic with me? ;-)

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  3. Your travels have taught me so very much. Yes the irony is sad...

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  4. Seeing something that big in SOLID GOLD... oh my goodness. Yeah, what a contrast to the poverty you saw! Such opulence could buy a lot of necessities for those in need.

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  5. You are so right about the irony of wealth and poverty so close together.

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  6. I'm glad you mentioned the value of the object compared to the poverty surrounding it or I would have to! $250 million would feed a lot of people and clothe a lot of children. I don't understand it but I guess religious objects are sacrosanct. I will save my rant and just say I agree with Dee.

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  7. Solid gold, wow! I'll bet they also have to pay a bunch to guard it! Have to say, I agree with the others also. Pretty, but really?

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  8. That's always been my problem; I do agree God deserves our best, but I'm pretty sure He doesn't want gold and jewels while his people starve outside.

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  9. I recall thinking, after seeing the poor here, the complaints of many Americans were nothing but hollow whining.

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