Temple of Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

+6626231227
661 Chaoren Krung Road, Talad Noi, Khet Samphanthawong
www.wattraimitr-withayaram.com/

Wat Traimit, also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, is one of the most famous sacral buildings in Bangkok. Situated in the heart of China Town and not far from the capital’s Central Railway Station, it is the district’s main tourist magnet that yearly attracts thousands of pilgrims and curious travellers every single day.

Wat Traimit brings delight to its observers with its splendid forms, which are typical of Thai architecture, as well as with the complex structure of its decoration. However, the temple became one of the best known in Thailand and abroad thanks to its main shrine: the impressive statue of Buddha that was made of unbroken gold more than seven hundred years ago, which gave the temple its second name. The three-meter-high Golden Buddha weighs in at a mighty 5.5 tons and is cast in the traditional meditation pose with crossed legs. The god's eyes are made of precious stones, which are found in abundance in Thailand, while even his pupils are made of the rarest black sapphires, with the whites of his eyes fashioned from pure pearls.

The sculpture is unique not only because it is the largest unit-cast golden sculpture in the world, but also because of its unusual history: the Golden Buddha has experienced many an adventure on his way to his current place. It is believed that Wat Traimit’s main relic was produced after a demand from the King Ramkhamhaeng in the 13th century, who was striving to preserve the country’s reserves of gold for future generations. In the middle of the 18th century, Thai monks covered the golden sculpture with a grey clay in order to protect the priceless treasure from attacks by the neighboring Burmese.

This trick proved to be very successful, because the statue was only discovered for what it was 200 years later. In 1957, the construction of the Wat Traimit in Bangkok was finished, meaning that the temple needed a statue of Buddha. It was decided that they needed to save money and in order to do so, they imported an already existing sculpture from one of the deserted temples in northern Thailand. The statue fell down from the crane during transportation and revealing the gleaming gold underneath the broken off clay. Thus, Wat Traimit unexpectedly acquired a valuable relic and in addition to this – the Buddhists’ worship and world fame.

Pieces of the protective shell and pictures of the ‘clay’ Buddha are kept in one of the rooms of the Temple of the Golden Buddha.

It is better to visit the Wat Traimit in the morning, before it becomes too crowded.

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10.12.2017  
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หลวงพี่มาแล้ว

อนุโมทนา สาธุ

16.11.2017  
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Pascal

Nice temple with the biggest boudha in whole gold

03.04.2017  
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v

Un buddha di circa 5 tonnellate di oro puro vi aspetta alla sommità del Tempio. Si trova nel quartiere di Chinatown,raggiungibile a piedi.

27.11.2016  
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Herman

Nice place...

09.10.2016  
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Simple Discoveries

Closes at 5pm, so get here early. The outside architecture is still very impressive. Easy walk from the Hua Lamphong BTS station or Bangkok Railway Station.

17.06.2016  
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S.B.

เจ้าหน้าที่วัดกับแม่ค้าร้านขายของแถวหน้ากุฏิเจ้าอาวาสดุอย่างกับหมา ถามทางเฉยๆ ขู่ฟอดๆ จะให้คนเข้าวัดแต่โดนหมาวัดไล่แล้วใครจะไปเข้าวัดล่ะครับ ถ้าไม่มีเหตุจำเป็นก็ไม่ไปนะวัดเนี่ย #หมาดุ #วัดไตรมิตร

19.01.2016  
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Charnnarong

เที่ยวชมวัด

15.01.2016  
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Nueng

ชั้น 2 ชมนิทรรศการศูนย์ประวัติศาสตร์เยาวราช ชั้น 3 ชมนิทรรศการที่เกี่ยวกับพระพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร

23.12.2015  
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Chris

Great architecture. Great temple. Museum is good to escape the heat.

05.11.2015  
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Kee

Astounding gold Buddha

29.09.2015  
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Melissa

What more interesting is the exhibition about thai Chinese history, really well-presented

11.09.2015  
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The Mexican Grill

Very nice trip with Mom

26.04.2015  
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Jesse

The Golden Buddha itself is impressive, but the monument and grounds are a bit boring and the staff all appear to be more interested in pushing souvenirs than explaining the historical significance.

10.04.2015  
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Lhon

Admission fee is 40 THB for the golden buddha at 4th level; and 100 THb for the museum

26.02.2015  
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Agustin

Impresionante y enorme buda de oro

07.02.2015  
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Golden Buddha

11.01.2015  
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Christopher

nowhere near as crowded as the other big temples but every bit as impressive! plus photos allowed.

31.12.2014  
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Kenny

It'll cost you 40baht to see the statue. In return you get to see the biggest Buddha in the world and according to Guinness Book of Records the single most expensive object. Worth it.

14.12.2014  
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Kenny

If you need pictures of a big Buddha then this is the place as this is the biggest one in the world.

14.12.2014  
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