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Wat Traimit, Bangkok

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Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) in Bangkok might not rate a second glance if not for its astonishing Buddha image.

History

Wat Traimit is thought to date from the 13th century. The Golden Buddha image is about 900 years old and is cast in the Sukhothai style. It is believed to have been brought first to Ayutthaya.

When the Burmese were about to sack the city, it was covered in plaster to hide its value. Two centuries later, still in plaster, it was thought to be worth very little.

But in 1957, when the image was being moved to a new temple in Bangkok, it slipped from a crane and was left in the mud by workmen.

In the morning, a temple monk, who had dreamed that the statue was divinely inspired, went to see the Buddha image. Through a crack in the plaster he saw a glint of yellow, and discovered that the statue was pure gold.

What to See

Off to the side of Wat Traimit is a small chapel containing the Golden Buddha, which is the world's largest solid-gold Buddha. The graceful seated Buddha is nearly 10 feet high and weighs over 5 tons.

This powerful image has such a bright, reflective surface that its edges seem to disappear, and it gleams with such richness and purity that even the most jaded are inspired by its strength and power.

Pieces of the stucco that once hid this remarkable treasure are on display in a case to the left.

Quick Facts on Wat Traimit

Site Information
Names:Temple of the Golden Buddha; Wat Traimit; Wat Traimit, Bangkok
City:Bangkok
Country:Thailand
Categories:Temples; Colossal Statue
Faiths:Buddhism; Thai
Feat:Largest in the World
Dates:13th C
Status:active
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates:13.738093° N, 100.514007° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Wat Traimit

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References

  1. Wat Traimit (The Golden Buddha) - Frommer's Thailand
  2. Fodor's Thailand, 8th edition
  3. Wat Traimit - Asian Historical Architecture
  4. Wat Traimit, Bangkok – Thailand for Visitors
  5. Golden Image Buddha – TripAdvisor traveler reviews

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Title:Wat Traimit, Bangkok
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:01/21/2010
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