Black Buddha or more correctly a large image of Phra Buddha Maha Dhammaraja is in the Phetchabura Buddha Park, located on highway 21, approximately 360 km north of Bangkok and a few kilometers south of the city of Phetchabun. This is one of the many attractions you will visit if you take our guided tour of Phetchabun.
I would not say that the Black Buddha statue is a major must-visit location, and I would not travel hundreds of kilometers to specifically see it, but if you are visiting the Phetchabun Province, then it is likely that you will drive right past it. In this case I would definitely recommend you stop for a short while and enjoy the park area.
Outside there is a pleasant parkland area where you can go for a stroll. This is not a temple as their is no resident monk, but at the top of the main staircase there is a shrine where the locals come to show their respect for Buddha. Once inside you have several golden, jade and black images of the various Buddhas and also many statues of famous and highly respected monks.
Depending on the time of year that you are in the area you may be able to witness an interesting event related to this large sitting Black Buddha. As mentioned in the first paragraph, this is actually an enlarged replica of Phra Buddha Maha Dhammaraja, also refered to as the “Diving Buddha”. Every year the original Phra Buddha Maha Dhammaraja statue is part of an annual “Ceremony of the Diving a Buddha”. Legend has it that many years ago the statue disappeared and was found again at the bottom of Pa Sak River. Every year the Governor of the Province ‘dives’ with the statue into the river at the location it was found. According to tradition, whenever the Governor did not fulfill this duty, the crops became barren and the image would mysteriously disappear. As I have not yet managed to attend this ceremony I do not have any personal pictures of it but more information can be found here. As this is not far from where I live in Thailand, I will be making an effort to attend the next diving of the Buddha on September 28th 2015.
- Black Buddha opening hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is ample parking and entry is free. There are also food, drink and ice-cream stands in the car-park for those that want a quick snack.
Although entry is free, they appreciate small donations for the upkeep of the park. There are several donation boxes on the site where you can deposit your gift.
For the exact location of these images, enter 16 26 48, 101 9 10 into Google Maps or your GPS navigator.
Black Buddha Image Gallery
Below are a few photos from our visits to Black Buddha. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image.