“The ultimate contribution one can give is the gift of hope, prosperity, and everlasting peace for people.” -Neak Oknha, Dr. Sok Kong
The relationship between an individual and society can be broken down into four different parts. Each of these parts is related to one of the four different subsystems that make up a society and is essential to its survival. There are four of these dimensions: the political and legal, the social, the cultural, and the economic. Each of these parts is important to the survival of society as a whole.
Neak Okhna, Dr. Sok Kong, president of Sokimex Investment Group, has made significant contributions to the betterment of Cambodia and its people through a number of initiatives. He’s not only well-known for his philanthropic work; he is also one of the country’s top employers. Now, he is planning to build the largest Buddha statue in the world.
He has stated that one of his subsidiaries, The Sokha Hotels Group, aims to build a Buddha statue on Bokor Mountain in Kampot that will stand 108 meters tall, making it three times as tall as the current biggest statue.
Sources say that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has already granted the tycoon permission to build the statue, with the condition that the design be revised to reflect Khmer traditions.
According to Neak Okhna, Dr. Sok Kong, the building of this huge Buddha statue is meant to serve as a spiritual shrine for the Cambodian people and be a commitment to the happiness, prosperity, and everlasting peace of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
In addition, the massive Buddha statue will draw millions of domestic and international tourists, helping to boost the local economy and promote cultural tourism.
The Big Buddha, a huge bronze statue of Buddha located on Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, was finished in 1993 and is now the largest sitting Buddha statue in the world.
The Big Buddha at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, is the largest seated Buddha statue in the world. It was built in 1993. The Big Buddha is 34 meters (112 feet) tall and weighs more than 250 metric tons (280 short tons).
Neak Okhna, Dr. Sok Kong said that the company has already made a request to the Ministry of Environment to build the statue.
The company is also collaborating with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts on the architectural design of this huge Buddha statue to ensure that it is built correctly in the Cambodian style.
Estimated cost of the project is between $30 and $40 million US dollars and that the company plans to begin construction as soon as it receives approval from the necessary ministries.
Okhna Steven Naing, Vice Chairman of Investment and Development for the Sokimex Investment Group of Cambodia, spoke to The Better Cambodia and said the following:
“This is going to be the gift that our chairman, Neak Okhna, Dr. Sok Kong, presents to the people of Cambodia. This is not a project with the goal of making money. He is not driven by financial benefit. He believes that the best way for him to have the most impact on society is to work toward improving the lives of people in Cambodia.”
Many of the activities that Neak Okhna, Dr. Sok Kong has done have not been directed primarily towards achieving financial gain but rather toward the betterment of all the people who calls Cambodia home. We also heard thatwithout drawing any attention to himself, he has quietly paid for the education of a large number of his staff at prestigious universities.
If you would like to contribute to this epic project, donations can be made to ABA Bank No. 106 108 108 (KHR) and 107 108 108 (USD) and Wing Bank via 9 108 108 108 (KHR) and 8 108 108 108 (USD) or contact 085 430 999, 097 430 9999 to contribute and help in the building of this statue. 100% of the proceeds will be used for the project.