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  • Transliteration
    bpìt tong lăng prá
  • Thai Phonetic
    [ ปิด ทอง หฺลัง พฺระ ]
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    This literally means "Attaching gold lead to the back of a Buddha statue", which comes from the tradition of attaching bits of gold leaf to Buddha status during various merit-making (ทำบุญ) rituals in Thailand. Gold leaf attached to front-facing part of the image is seen by everyone, whereas any attached to the rear is much less likely to be seen even though it's an equally merit-worthy act. Hence ปิดทองหลังพระ has come to be used for anyone doing a good deed even though others may not realise or appreciate it..