Ban Sukhawadee helps raise funds for massive Issan Buddhist center

by Thanachot Anuwan, Pattaya Mail, 24 May 2013

Pattaya, Thailand -- Saha Farms’ Ban Sukhawadee and the Phra Yai Chaiyaphum Foundation organized a merit-making ceremony to raise funds for a 20 billion baht Buddhism center in Thailand’s northeast.

Saha Farms Managing Director Punya Chotithewan welcomed Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho, Nongprue Police Superintendent Col. Somnuk Janthages, and Thipakorn Rinthaisongh, president of the Phra Yai Chaiyaphum Foundation, to the grandiose Pattaya mansion May 10.

Guests donate funds for the new Buddhism center in Thailand’s northeast.Guests donate funds for the new Buddhism center in Thailand’s northeast.

Guests donated funds that will go toward construction of a religious center slated to host the world’s largest Buddhist statue, among other attractions, in Chaiyaphum’s Nafai Sub-district.

The 20 billion baht project calls for a biography of Buddha’s 500 lives, four pagodas, models of important Buddhist destinations around the world, a 2,500-person sermon hall, a pavilion to accommodate 5,000, lotus swimming pool, 500-rai sake-head statue, parking for 1,000 cars, waterfalls, accommodations for monks and more.

Construction is scheduled to begin this year.