Remarkably this was lost to the world for many years as it had been covered in plaster stucco some time in the past to hide its real value and over the years had become forgotten in an abandoned temple. When the statue was moved in the 1930s some of the plaster fell off revealing the true nature of the statue underneath.
Read also about the largest solid gold statue of a Buddhist monk being cast in Wat Dhammakaya also in Thailand.
Pay no attention to what the critics say;
no statue has ever been put up to a critic.