By The Nation
The order became effective on Thursday.
The Department of Special Investigation and police searched the temple last week looking for its fugitive former abbot Phra Dhammakaya.
This was the first time that most people have seen the opulent temple’s interior.
The ultra-rich temple is well known for its large and lavish buildings and structures.
It covers over 2,100 rai (336 hectares) and the total cost of construction is estimated at about Bt350 billion.
Here is a list of some of its main structures and their estimated costs:
BT189 BILLION: THE ROOF OF THE GRAND MEDITATION STADIUM
The buildings around the Dhammakaya Cetiya are offices for various temple projects and can hold up to 1 million people. There are 32 office blocks contained in the perimeter buildings. The moat is used to lessen the heat and beautify the surrounds.
BT75 BILLION: THE GREAT DHAMMAKAYA CETIYA
The outer shell of the dome-shaped cetiya (stupa) is decorated with 300,000 Buddha statues on its hemispherical dome and spherical terrace.
Another 700,000 Buddha statues decorate the interior. Titanium gold ion plating gives the statues a golden sheen.
BT370 MILLION: THE DHAMMAKAYA CHAPEL
The chapel was built with clean lines and in a simple style. It can hold 200 monks.
BT5.8 BILLION: THE MEMORIAL HALL OF PHRA MONGKOL THEPMUNEE
The dome-shaped shrine was built on a circular base, symbolising a sphere that spreads the Dhamma teachings of Lord Buddha.
BT175 MILLION: A SCULPTURE FOR
WORSHIPPING THE GREAT DHAMMAKAYA CETIYA
A place of worship for followers.
BT17.4 BILLION: THE SAPHA DHAMMAKAYA
Located opposite the Dhammakaya Cetiya, the assembly hall has a multi-functional design. The two-storey building is also used as accommodation for followers, holding up to 200,000 people.
BT550 MILLION: THE GRANDMA CHAN KHONNOKYOONG GREAT HALL
This 29-metre-tall and hexagonal pyramid-shaped chapel was built as a memorial place for the Master Nun, the founder of Dhammakaya Temple.
BT3 BILLION: THE MASTER NUN CHANDRA CENTENNIAL BUILDING
The 15-storey, circle-shaped building with a blue peacock symbol represents the Master Nun Chandra of the temple’s former abbot Phra Dhammachayo. Part of the construction budget – Bt714 million – is allegedly linked the Klongchan Credit Union embezzlement.
BT970 MILLION: THE MASTER GRANDMA DINING HALL
This is where all the monks, novices, and followers come together to have meals and remember the devotion of the Master Nun in establishing the temple. They also meditate there. The hall can seat up to 6,000 monks.
BT45.5 BILLION: THE PHAWANA 60 YEARS BUILDING
The dome-shaped shrine building is similar to the Great Dhammakaya Cetiya. It was built as meditation retreat for VIP followers.
BT340 MILLION: THE TEMPLE WALL
BT850 MILLION: THE DMC CHANNEL STATION BUILDING
BT2.2 BILLION: THE PARIYATTI DHAMMA SCHOOL
BT100 MILLION: OUTDOOR PARKING LOTS
BT11.8 BILLION: A HUGE INDOOR CARPARK
BT1.4 BILLION: MEDICAL CENTRE
BT650 MILLION: KITCHEN