December 29, 2008

The Dhammakaya Cetiya

The Dhammakaya Cetiya is located on the compound of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Pathumtani Province, north of Bangkok, Thailand. The Cetiya is approximately 16 kilometers from the former Bangkok International Airport.

The Dhammakaya Cetiya is built to last at least 1,000 years.

Luang Phor Dhammajayo desires to see the world having lasting peace through meditation. Since the Dhammakaya Cetiya serves as a symbol of peace through succeeding generations, it is architecturally designed to manifest world peace by their ancestors.

The architects and engineers of the Dhammakaya Cetiya project did extensive research on construction materials for the Cetiya. Based on historical evidence of the constructions that have lasted over thousands of years, the final conclusion was that the structural material to use in the project would be 'concrete' and 'iron.'

Why? From the ancient Pyramid of Egypt, the Egyptians at that time used white lime as a seal between the stones of the Pyramids. At present, the white lime still exists together with the Pyramid. Therefore, we have found that 'concrete' would be the most durable substance to support the Cetiya to last for 1,000 years.

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