Wat Traimit Temple Of The Golden Buddha
Is an impressive place that is located within easy reach from Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Wat Traimit is popular because it houses the world’s largest giant golden Buddha statue, 10 feet high and weighing 5 ½ tons and is made of 18 karat pure gold estimated to be worth $250 million.
The statue is said to have been built during the Sukhothai period of the 13th to 14th century’s as it is styled the same as other pieces from around this time, which takes its influences from India.
The statue may have also resided at some time in Thailand’s ancient capital Ayutthaya. Although the statues exact history is unknown, it is said to have been moved in 1801, when King Rama 1 ordered all statues depicting Lord Buddha to be moved to Bangkok.
The image is said to be very moving and well worth a visit.
For the elderly or disabled, you can access Wat Traimit The Temple Of The Golden Buddha, by use of a lift (elevator) that will take you as far as the 4th floor of the temple.
Visitors should remember to always dress respectfully and always remember to remove your shoes before entering the Temple.
Review taken from trip advisor
Ranked #9 of 233 attractions in Bangkok
4.5 of 5 stars
Travellers’ Choice award winner 2013
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 20 March 2014
Wat Traimit Temple of the golden Buddha, is a beautiful building, with a very large gold Buddha. The entry fee is very small, be forewarned that the Buddha is located at the top of the temple up a couple of flights of stairs. Worth the effort though. Amazing craftmanship in the temple and decorations. Visited this temple on a day tour. Was beautiful and well worth a visit when in Bangkok. Be prepare though it gets very busy during peak time. The histiory behind this Buddha is amazing. It was once covered in plaster and discovered by the swedish people. On a flood event, the plaster came off in some parts revealing the gold behind the mask! It is beautiful and big.