"Wat Traimit - the world's largest gold Buddha" Temple of the Golden Buddha - Wat Traimit Tip by SWFC_Fan

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I visited Wat Traimit during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007.

Wat Traimit is located in Bangkok’s Chinatown district, about 5 – 10 minutes walk from Hua Lamphong MRTA station. In all honesty there is only one good reason to visit this temple - the world’s largest solid gold Buddha!

The golden Buddha stands at 3 metres tall and weighs 5.5 tonnes. It was undiscovered until the 1950s, but then an outer layer of plaster began to peel away, exposing the solid gold icon beneath! Apparently, after this discovery, lots of other Buddha icons had their outer layers peeled away, but no others were found to be hiding solid gold figures.

The temple itself was nothing special to look at from the outside, and was in fact closed when I visited. Instead, the majority of visitors pass by to the left of the temple and purchase their tickets to see the golden Buddha (20 Bahts) from a small kiosk. They then climb a flight of stairs to where the famous Buddha is located on the first floor of a modest pavilion.

As well as the large and impressive centrepiece, there is also a host of smaller Buddhas with fake gold coverings in the pavilion. Next to the golden Buddha there is a counter selling postcards and other golden Buddha related souvenirs.

Wat Traimit – the world’s largest solid gold Buddha!

Address: Thanon Yaowarat
Directions: Near Hualamphong Station
Phone: 623 1226

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  • Written Oct 14, 2007
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