This golden image was earlier completely covered with plaster to be hidden from invading enemies. It is believed that the true identity of this image was unknown for more than 200 years. It was installed as the principal image in Choti-naram Temple. As the temple was in dilapidation, the image was shifted to its present location which was of lesser significance then. A building was later constructed and in 1955 when preparations were made to shift the image to the new building, the covering plaster partly chopped off and it was by mere accident that people realized that this image of Buddha was fully golden. This image is treasured by Thai for its rich cultural and historical values. Made of pure gold, it measures
Diametre – 12 ft and 5″
Height – 15 ft 9″from the base to crown
Weight – 5.5 tonnes (all GOLD) approx.
Value – 28.5 million pounds
Age – 700 years