Golden Buddha (Oregon Files, #1) by Clive CusslerIf you take a look at the cover of this book, Clive Cusslers name is clearly the focus of the page, but the words inside are, for the most part, certainly not his words. I know the recent trend of some authors is to allow their names to be used as a launch pad for young and upcoming writers (a la Craig Dirgo) but the Golden Buddha is a great example of why this practice is destined to fail. When I pick up a Cussler novel, I want a Cussler plot: action-packed, detailed, and over the top. And while this wasnt the worst book I have ever read, I dont want this. Golden Buddha was confusing because of the quick changes in the POV in each chapter and the vast array of characters for whom I didnt really care about. Especially Chairman Cabrillo or his crew. In an attempt to come off as modern day Robin Hoods, Cabrillo instead comes off as an uncaring mercenary with few if any ethics. Unlike Dirk Pitt who loathes killing his adversaries (the mark of a true hero) Cabrillo et al pick off their opponents haphazardly and without remorse. He drugs unsuspecting and innocent guests at a party, and supports the violent retaking of Tibet in the name of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama of all people. If you want to read a good Cussler novel, dont pick up this volume of the Oregon Files.
Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) Tours
Unlike many Buddha images, which are gilded, this statue is made from pure gold. Standing at 3. It weighs a staggering five and a half tons! It is uncertain when the statue was cast, but historians believe that it dates back to the Sukhothai period ss. It has many features from this era, though it could have been made later and influenced by the earlier styles. It is thought that when the ancient Siamese capital moved to Ayutthaya , the statue was moved too.
The Wat Traimit temple in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Royal temple famous for the enormous gold Buddha image it houses. The image is more than three meters high, weighs some five and a half tons and is most likely some to years old. It is the largest solid gold Buddha image in the world. The origin of the huge Buddha image is not exactly known. Because of its style it is assumed that it was cast during the Sukhothai era, the Kingdom that existed from until with the city of Sukhothai in Northern Thailand as its center.
It is located in the temple of Wat Traimit , Bangkok , Thailand. At one point in its history the statue was covered with a layer of stucco and coloured glass to conceal its true value, and it remained in this condition for almost years, ending up as what was then a pagoda of minor significance. During relocation of the statue in , the plaster was chipped off and the gold revealed. The origins of this statue are uncertain. It is made in the Sukhothai Dynasty style of the 13thth centuries, though it could have been made after that time. The head of the statue is egg-shaped, which indicates its origin in the Sukothai period. Given that Sukothai art had Indian influences  and metal figures of the Buddha made in India used to be taken to various countries for installation, this suggests the Golden Buddha statue may have been cast in parts in India.