Temple of the Golden Buddha - Wat Traimit, Bangkok
The Temple of the Golden Buddha or Wat Traimit is located on Yaowarat Road, in Chinatown
This temple is well known for its 3-metre tall, 5.5 tons solid gold Buddha image. This image is believed to have been made over 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from potential invaders. However, around 40 years ago when the image was being moved, it dropped down and the plaster broke to reveal the gold Buddah hidden inside.
"Wat Traimit" or Temple of the Golden Buddha is located on the end of Yaowarad Road (Chinatown in Bangkok).
Although the temple itself pales in comparison to other temples in Bangkok with its rather modest temple architecture, it is the Golden Buddha inside that attracts hundreds of visitors daily. The Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha is the largest Golden Buddha Image in the world. It is a Buddha Image in the mara conquering attitude, the typical artistic style of the days when Sukhothai was the capital of Thailand.
It was made of pure gold. Now more than 700 years old, it is a valuable treasure of "Thailand" and of "Buddhism".
Entrance to see just the "Golden Buddha" is 40 Baht, the museum costs an additional 100 Baht Tickets may be purchased at a booth near the wiharn housing the image. There are also currency exchanges in the same kiosk. "The temple" is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday, but note that the museum is closed on Mondays.
Wat Traimit is located just off Odeon traffic circle which is dominated by the huge symbolic Chinese gate marking the entrance to Bangkok's Chinatown. As such, it makes an excellent start or end to a "Chinatown" tour which can be started from the Ratchawong Pier of the "Chaophraya River Express Boat" service.
The temple is also a very short distance from Hualamphong railway station, with its many food courts and easy transportation access. It's also an easy walk from the subway station at Hualamphong.
The statue is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall and weights 5.5 tonnes (5.4 long tons; 6.1 short tons). The statue was housed in a wat in Ayutthaya until mid 19th century, and its provenance from Ayutthaya excludes the possibility of it having been made after about 1750.
At US$1,400 per troy ounce, the gold in the statue (18 karat) is estimated to be worth $250 million dollars.
An alternative version of the characteristics of the Golden Buddha is given as follows,
In the traditional sitting posture, it measures 3.10 meters across the lap from knee to knee, and 3.91 meters from base to top. A peculiarity of the statue is that it can be taken [apart] to 9 pieces. The purity of gold is 40% from the base up to the neck, 80% from the chin to the forehead, and 99% for the hair and the topknot, weighing 45 kg.
The Buddha is represented in the traditional pose of Bhumisparsha Mudra (touching the earth with the right hand to witness Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment at Bodh Gaya). The original statues of Sukhothai sit on a common pedestal form. The flame that crowns the ushnisha is an innovation of Sukhothai that symbolises the splendour of spiritual energy. The line of the hairdressing forms a "V" shape in the root of the hairs, underlined by the elegant curve of the eyebrows that join above the aquiline nose, all according to the prescribed rules. The three wrinkles in the neck and the much elongated ear lobes, signs of his former status of prince, also form part of the code, as do the wide shoulders and the chest inflated.
Located on the famous China Town part of Bangkok,
This temple is well known for its 3-metre tall, 5.5 tons 18 Carat solid gold Buddha image, constructed over 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from the invading Burmese and was just rediscovered accidentally about 40 years ago.
On 14 February 2010, Wat Traimit’s new building named “Phra Maha Mondop” was officially opened to the public. And the Gold Buddha was moved here. The first floor of the building is the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre where tourists can learn the history of the Chinese immigrants in Thailand as well as their culture which has become part of the Thai culture. The second floor holds an exhibition of the origin of the Gold Buddha. And the top level is where the world’s largest gold Buddha image is enshrined.
Towards the end of the 18th century after King Rama I estabished Bangkok as the new capital, he ordered the removal of all important Buddha images from the North to Bangkok lest they might suffer damage since the northern region was not yet pacified. And among the statues moved to Bangkok was this gold Buddha. But it was covered with stucco and placed at Wat Phraya Krai without arousing any special interest among the worshippers.
Later, Wat Phraya Krai became dilapidated and was ordered closed by King Rama V(1868-1910). And this statue was moved to Wat Traimit. The abbot of the temple then asked other monasteries for a possible transfer. But nobody was interested because of its huge size and plain look. So the abbot decided to keep the statue in his own temple and built a special vihara to house it.
On the eve of its scheduled removal, a heavy rain soaked the stucco covering. In the act of moving, the statue was accidentally dropped and the stucco cracked, revealing the shining gold inside.
Nobody knows the true reason for the cover-up of the gold Buddha. It was presumed that the statue was covered up just before the invasion of the Burmese in the mid-18 century, so as to conceal its true value from the enemy.
Wat Traimit: When I was at the entrance of this temple, I thought I was infront of a palace. This temple is so big and soOo grand that its corners were gold too.
Wat Traimit houses the Golden Buddha which is the world’s largest solid gold statue.
The golden Buddha has undergone many transformations.
Today, it was preserved and its original composition was forgotten. There’s this flame that surrounds the Buddha's head which I thought it’s the hair at first. They say that it symbolizes the spiritual energy.
Always remember to behave respectfully when visiting the temples so as not to offend locals/ people giving worship. Also dress appropriately, no sleeveless shirts/shorts. If asked to remove shoes or slippers upon entering, just follow.
Wat traimit is located in Chinatown. It houses the Golden Buddha and the Chinatown museum. According to tales, this large golden buddha was formerly covered in stucco to hide it from being stolen when the ancient city in Thailand was ransacked by enemy troops. Later in 1955, the stucco cracked when the buddha statue fell in the mud while being transferred and the solid gold buddha hidden inside the stucco cast was discovered. Amazing!
It's not every day you get to see a World Record worthy of the Guinness Book. Known in Thai as Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn, the Golden Buddha weighs 5.5 tons making it the world's most valuable (money-wise) sacred object. Amazingly the 13th century Sukothai-style statue spent centuries hidden under a layer of lacquered plaster which King Rama III ordered to disguise it when he moved it to Bangkok. An accidental crack in 1955 revealed the solid gold interior. The three-meter tall statue in the Subduing Mara, Calling the Earth to Witness posture occupies the fourth level of a somewhat pyramid-like shrine inside Wat Traimit. Entry to the temple is free and it is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, for foreigners there is a 40-baht fee to see the massive gold Buddha image. On the third floor is an exhibit telling the history of the statue and its move to Bangkok.
Wat Traimit - Temple of the Golden Buddha
One of the famous temple in Bangkok "Wat Traimit" - The Temple of the Golden Buddha (the statue of Buddha is made from solid gold weighting 5.5 tons).
Located very near to Hua Lampong railway station (Yaowarad Road) and near to Chinatown and is one of the most popular attractions in the city of angels.
Name: Wat Traimit
Attraction Type: Wat - Temple, Gold Buddha image
Location: Near Hua Lampong Railway station
Pictures in the web: Wat Traimit - The Golden Buddha
First Photo: Outside the Building
Second Photo: Wat Traimit - The Golden Buddha
Thirth Photo: The building
Fourth Photo: Visitors in Wat Traimit
Fifth Photo: More Buddhas outside the building
Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) might not rate a second glance if not for its astonishing Buddha image. It is thought to date from the 13th century 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. It's now officially the world's largest solid-gold Buddha at nearly 10 feet high and weighing over 5 tons. Pieces of the stucco that once hid this remarkable treasure are on display in a case to the left.
Open: 9am-5pm. Admission: 20B.
This was our 1st stop to visit for the City Tour. That's when I found out that there are a lot caucasian tourists coming to Bangkok. As far as I can remember as what the tourist guide have mentioned, this buddha is made from solid gold. Tourists can buy buy gold leaves (more thinly sliced than oslo paper) outside which they can try to adhere on the smaller buddhas. We didn't try it because me & my husband are playing with the bells making some noise. Ha ha ha ha...
Wat Traimit is known for its famous Golden Buddha, constructed during the Sukhothai period. The beautiful image is of pure gold. Wat Traimit houses the world's biggest golden Buddha image, presumably 700 to 800 years old. It is a valuable treasure of Thailand and of Buddhism. Local worshipers worship here and rub gold leaf on the wat's other smaller Buddha images to make merit.
The gold Buddha image at Wat Traimit is closed to public viewing until the Thai new year - Songkran - in April 2009. It's really not worth your trouble - and the heat/noise of Chinatown - to travel to the temple right now. They are finishing an immense stupa in front to house the Buddha image.
To get here: EXIT 1 from the underground BTS Hua Lamphong Station. Walk left and cross over the streets/canal at the lights - then take a left on the first small street. After half a block - you'll see the temple on other side of the street (on the right of this one-way road). The first entrance is for the school. (If you're going when they re-open in April - and it's the hottest month of the year - just take a motorcycle taxi as you EXIT 1 - it's worth not getting lost in all the traffic/heat.)
Other attactions: As you exit the temple, go right and you'll see the famous Chinatown red gate. I'd recommend then taking a taxi to Sampeng Lane in Chinatown to walk around the shops here and onward toward the pier.
It's not recommended to walk from Wat Traimit to the shopping area of Chinatown because it's so easy to get lost! And the area is hot, dirty, smelly, and pedestrian-unfriendly.
This temple housed the world's biggest solid-gold buddha temple in world. I think this statue should get into the Guiness World Book of Records. Don't you think? Need anymore reasons for me impress you to come and see this temple?
Open daily 9.00 - 17.00; admission fee: 20 THB.
It lies at juction of Thanon Yaowarat and Thanon Charoen Krung, at one end of Chinatown. Full of tourists, going to see the 3 m high statue of Budda made in 5 1/2 % tonns of gold. This statue is in Sukhotai style and was eventually discovered about 40 years ago when East Asiatic Company, that was extending the port if Bangkok, found a stucco statue of Budda. Obteneid concession to move, they used a crane but the statue fell revealing a solid gold statue. It is said that the stucco cover was made to protect the statue from thieves during Sukhotay period or burmese army, during Ayuthaya period.
WAT TRAIMIT (Temple of Golden Buddha) Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station, Wat Traimit houses the world's largest golden seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons.