The sculpture is actually made from bronze, but the monks who originally received it were afraid that it might be stolen, so they covered the shiny, gleaming surface with stucco (cement plaster). To this day, the image remains covered in stucco and this is the finish that you will see, but here and there you will also see patches of gold, where worshippers have shown their homage by applying gold leaf to the statue.
Most visitors to the temple come to worship in the single story building, which is located on the right of the main hall. Here you will find local people paying their respects, ‘making merit' by giving donations and giving thanks by paying the Temple Dancers to perform a dance for them. The official ceremony to pay homage to ‘Luang Pho Buddha Sothon' is held three times a year: during the Chinese New Year (around late January or February), in the 5th Thai lunar month (around April), and in the 12th Thai lunar month (around late November).