David Beckham statue worshipped at Buddhist temple

Buddhist devotees at this temple worship a bizarre bronze statue – of David Beckham.

The football legend is carved into the main shrine where locals kneel down and pray at the Wat Pariwat religious building.

The building, nicknamed the David Beckham temple, can be found in the south of Bangkok, Thailand.

The architect, being an obsessive Manchester United fan, pushed through his idea to include an image of David Beckham at the base of the Buddha shrine.

It means that when locals pay respect and give offerings to their gods, the footballer is also among the deities adorning the shrine.

Beckham is seen wearing the iconic Manchester United strip bearing a Sharp logo. The sculpture is located just below the Buddha’s altar where devotees pray in the sealed-off main building.

The statue of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was installed in 1998 as part of the World Cup celebrations.

The temple is also famous for having unusual statues on the outside of popular cultural icons such as Pinocchio, Mickey Mouse, Superman, Wolverine, and Barack Obama with wings taking a selfie.

Speaking today, a temple assistant said: ”The art in the temple is the big attraction. The master of the temple wants it to stay here for hundreds of years so the next generation can see the culture of this period time.

”The architect who designed the temple was a Manchester United fan and like David Beckham. So the chief abbott thought it would be a good idea if he included the footballer at the shrine where people pray.’’

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