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Casting of bronze Buddhas in northern Thailand

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Unfinished bronze Buddha

Unfinished bronze Buddha

In the northern Thailand city of Phitsanulok is the Buranathai Buddha Foundry.  This foundry is renown throughout Thailand for its casting of the Phra Buddha Chinnarat style Buddha.  The original is located in the Temple Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat which is also located in Phitsanulok.  This temple dates back to 1357AD.

If you find yourself in Phitsanulok visiting the temple or at nearby Sukhothai, it’s worth your while to visit the foundry.  You are allowed to walk the grounds and watch the artisans at work.  There is staff that will explain (also in English) the different processes, including the lost wax casting technique,  employed in the fabricating of a Buddha.

The main workshop

The main workshop

Even more

Even more

Oxide coating

Oxide coating

Hard at work

Hard at work

Almost finished

Almost finished


Written by leolaksi

January 8, 2009 at 6:48 am

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  1. Wow! Cool Blog.

    Nice post, never thought they would make these statutes like this. I will definitely take a look there once I am in Thailand. Most likely will go there end-of-January.



    January 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

  2. A contrast in the Buddha colors of “Oxide coating” photo is interesting. The black Buddha looks reverent.


    January 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

  3. Great blog – lovely photos – I have friends who go to Thailand all the time – I will tell them about you.


    Lesley Dewar

    January 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  4. thanks for all the comments!


    January 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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