Wat Intharawihan, also known as Wat Indravihan and built during the later Ayutthaya period, is one of the most frequented temples of Thailand. It is located on Wisut Kasat Road, on the northern periphery of Banglamphu, on Nakhon District of Bangkok. This temple is famous for housing a colossal Buddha image, known as 'Luang Pho To', believed to have power of bringing merit. Everyday, many local devotees as well as tourists visit the place to seek blessings of the Divinity and make various offerings at the feet of the statue.
This massive Buddha image saw construction during the reign of Rama IV
and stands tall at a height of 32 m. The width of this standing image is
10 m and its topknot is interred with holy relics of the Buddha, brought
from Sri Lanka. The statue faces east, holds alms-bowls in hands and
remains sheathed with 24K golden mosaics, brought from Italy. The
peculiarity of the image is that it is very thin, with prominently flat
facial features. However, as a whole, it displays a very modernistic
Getting a closer look at the towering image can be quite overpowering.
Even the gilded toenails of the statue are quite large. There are also
smaller Buddha images placed near the feet of the statue. Visitors offer
strings of flowers on the toes and these emblems, in order to mark their
devotion. Besides, near the entrance to the place, you can see many
caged birds for sale. According to local beliefs, purchasing a birdcage
and releasing the birds while standing on the base of the statue brings
good luck, prosperity and success.