Temple of the Golden Buddha - Wat Traimit, Bangkok

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    Wat Traimit, Bangkok, Thailand
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    The Golden Buddha

    by roamer61 Written May 6, 2008

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    Located inside Wat Traimit, the Golden Buddha is one of the largest of its kind. It dates to the 13th century and sits 13 feet high. Outside are some secondary shrines with an assortment of statues both buddhist and hindu.

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    Visit the Golden Buddha

    by amouramour Written Apr 25, 2008

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    The Golden Buddha

    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.

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    Solid Gold Buddha

    by voodo0 Written Jan 29, 2008

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    he Temple of the Golden Buddha is considered as one of the must see temples in Bangkok. It is known for its famous Golden Buddha, now more than 700 years old.

    At the entrance, there is a big temple in the middle and the ticket office is on your left. We bought the ticket for 20B but is seems like nobody was controlling the entrance. Climbed a flight of stairs at the left up to the small pavillion where the Golden Buddha is kept.
    Inside the temple lies the HUGE statue of Buddha which is made of pure, solid gold and is 12 feet 5 inches in diameter and a height of 15 feet 9 inches and weighs approximately 5 and a 1/2 tons...

    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 has nothing special to look at from the outside. It's rather a small temple.

    As well as the large and impressive centerpiece, 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.

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    Wat Traimit - Temple Of the Golden Buddha

    by Innovator Written Dec 23, 2007

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    At one end of Chinatown, in the otherwise unremarkable temple of Wat Traimit, is hidden the world's largest solid gold Buddha image. Weighing in at five and a half tons, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth in the neighborhood of US$14 Million. That's some neighborhood!

    The image has a colorful history, which is recounted in a free pamphlet distributed with your paid admission.

    The Golden Buddha was cast sometime in the 13th century and is an excellent example of the gracious Sukhothai style that is still very much in favor to this day. At some point, it was covered in plaster, most likely in an attempt to hide the valuable icon from thieves or looters.

    The disguise was so good that everyone apparently forgot about what was hidden beneath. King Rama III had the statue moved to Bangkok and installed in a temple near where the Oriental Hotel is today. That temple fell into disuse and was completely abandoned around 1931.

    The true nature of the Golden Buddha wasn't discovered until it was moved to its present location at Wat Traimit in 1955. When the image was being prepared for its move, some of the plaster was chipped off, revealing the gold underneath. Bits of the plaster can be seen in a case to the left of the statue.

    The statue sits in a plain building just barely big enough to hold it within the temple compound. On the terrace outside of the room housing the Golden Buddha are some interesting fortune-telling machines. You drop a coin in the slot and a sequence of lights indicating numbers flash around in a circle, wheel of fortune style, eventually stopping on a number. You can retrieve your fortune from the marked boxes below the machine. The fortune slips are in English as well as Thai and Chinese.

    Admission Fee
    Entrance to see the Golden Buddha is 20 Baht

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    Wat Traimit - the world's largest gold Buddha

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 14, 2007

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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!

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    Serene, beautiful and peaceful buddha statue

    by travelpug Updated Sep 23, 2007

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    It's a short walk from Chinatown. Once you enter the temple complex, you would see a big temple building. But the golden buddha is not in the big building. Head to the left of the big building and you will see a smaller building. Go up the stairs, and you will see the golden buddha. The buddha image is of Sukhothai style. It looks very serene and peaceful. The temple is not big. There are money changers in the temple complex (wierd!). By the way, construction was going on in Wat Traimit (August 2007). Perhaps a new and bigger temple is on the way.

    Warning: While I am walking towards the temple, a guy unexpectedly took picture of me with his camera. I was annoyed! But I ignored him and walked into the temple. When I left the temple about 30 minutes later, the same guy was trying to sell me a button that he made by the picture that he took of me earlier. Of course I didn't buy it and moved on.

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    Wat Trai Mit- GOLDEN BUDHHA!

    by machomikemd Written Jul 16, 2007

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    Wat Trai Mit or Temple of the Gold Buddha (wow we love gold buddhas in the philippines since Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita brought golden buddha's in the philippines during world war 2 as war booty hence the fabled Yamashita Treasure!) is Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road near Hualamphong Railway Station, this temple houses an ancient solid gold seated Buddha image of the Sukhothai Period. It is reputed to be the world's largest solid gold Buddha image. Weighing in at five and a half tons and three meters in height, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth in the neighborhood of US$14 Million.

    The Golden Buddha was cast sometime in the 13th century and is an excellent example of the gracious Sukhothai style that is still very much in favor to this day. At some point, it was covered in plaster, most likely in an attempt to hide the valuable icon from thieves or looters. The true nature of the Golden Buddha wasn't discovered until it was moved to its present location at Wat Traimit in 1955. When the image was being prepared for its move, some of the plaster was chipped off, revealing the gold underneath. Bits of the plaster can be seen in a case to the left of the statue.

    The statue sits in a plain building just barely big enough to hold it within the temple compound. On the terrace outside of the room housing the Golden Buddha are some interesting fortune-telling machines. You drop a coin in the slot and a sequence of lights indicating numbers flash around in a circle, wheel of fortune style, eventually stopping on a number. You can retrieve your fortune from the marked boxes below the machine. The fortune slips are in English as well as Thai and Chinese.

    Entrance is 20 Baht, payable at a booth near the wiharn housing the image. There is also a currency exchange in the same kiosk.

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    Wat Traimit

    by yashiko2 Updated May 14, 2007

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    In this rather unremarkable Wat in Chinatown you can find the world's largest solid golden Buddha image. The statue is about 4 meters high and weighs approximatly 5.5 tons.
    It has been sculptured more than 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Later on it was covered with plaster to conceal it's true value (about 14 million US dollars nowadays) from Burmese enemies in the late Sukhothai or Ayuthaya period. The disguise was so good that everyone apparently forgot about what was hidden beneath. King Rama III had the statue moved to Bangkok and installed in a temple near where the Oriental Hotel is today. That temple fell into disuse and was completely abandoned around 1931. They decided to move the Buddha image to it's present location in 1955. It was during this moving that some of the plaster got broken and revealed the gold underneath. You still can find bits of plaster on display next to the golden buddha statue.

    Near the entrance of the templethere are also some machines who will tell your fortune. Drop a coin in it and the flashing lights will light up a certain number. You then take the paper with that number on out of the boxes underneath (or next to) the machine. Your fortune is written on it (also in english). You can also do it the oldfashioned way. You can find a small container with bamboo sticks with numbers on it near the slots. Place the container between your hands and carefully shake it until one stick drops on the ground. The number on the stick is again refering to the number of the paper with has your future or advise on it. You should try this. It's fun. Mine was at least half true.

    Opening times: every day fro 9.00 untill 17.00
    Admission fee: 20 Baht

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    WAT TRAIMIT THE GOLDEN BUDDHA.

    by wanderingbilly Updated Apr 21, 2007
    WAT TRAIMIT..THE GOLDEN BUDDHA.

    WAT TRAIMIT IS HOME TO THE STUNNING 15FT 5.5 TON GOLDEN BUDDHA..
    BUT NOT ONLY IS IT GOLDEN IN COLOUR ITS SOLID GOLD..
    WHEN IT WAS MADE IN THE 13 CENTURY IT WAS COVERED IN PLASTER TO DISGUISE ITS TRUE VALUE AND STOP IT BEING A TARGET FOR THIEVES.
    IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1955 WHEN IT WAS BEING MOVED TO ITS PRESENT HOME THAT IT FELL FROM THE CRANE AND SOME OF THE PLASTER CAME AWAY TO REVEAL ITS TRUE GOLDEN IMAGE.
    SO IF KING RAMA 3RD HAD NOT ORDERED IT MOVED THE WORLD MAY NEVER HAVE FOUND OUT THE TRUTH OF THE SOLID GOLD BUDDHA..SOME OF THE PLASTER THAT CAME OFF CAN BE SEEN IN A CASE NEXT TO THE GOLDEN BUDDHA.
    THIS REALLY IS A MUST SEE SITE TO SEE WHEN YOUR IN BANGKOK..TAKE YOUR TIME AND SOAK UP THE FEELING OF CALM AND INNER PEACE THAT WAT TRAIMIT EVOKES..
    ENTRANCE IS 20 BAHT.

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    Wat Traimit

    by gypsysoul73 Written Apr 14, 2007

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    Inside what seems like an unremarkable temple structure, sits a most remarkable five and a half ton solid gold (!) Buddha. We stood in awe and barefoot humility before this shiny 15 foot structure that stared down at us with mother-of-pearl eyes.

    The story goes that it was cast during the Sukothai period sometime in the 13th century and was later covered in stucco to prevent it's plundering by the Burmese and then left to be forgotten. How you can forget about something of this size and worth (it is supposedly worth around $14 million today!) is beyond me. It was only much much later in 1955, while the plastered image was being moved to it's present location that it fell from a crane to reveal the golden image inside. Imagine their surprise!

    It was here that I first learned about the significance of the different buddha postures. We listened as our guide explained that each posture or mudra depicts a period in the life of a buddha. If they are sitting, he is in a state of meditation or teaching. If the right hand is pointed towards the earth resting near the knee (as this one's is), the buddha is believed to be subduing demons. A reclining buddha represents his death and passage to nirvana, symbolizing complete peach and detachment from the world. If standing, the buddha image is bestowing blessings upon those before him but if depicted in a walking stance, this signifies his return to earth from heaven.

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    Golden Buddah

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Jan 31, 2007

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    The Temple of the Golden Buddah is considered as one of the must see temples in Bangkok.
    Inside the temple lies the solid gold statue of Buddah weighing almost 5 tons.
    Lots of tourist come and visit this temple esp in the morning.

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    Golden Buddha

    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Wat Traimit is one of the most important wats in Bangkok, mainly because of the statue of Lord Buddha that it houses, the well-known Golden Buddha. Not only is gold its outer layer, no. The whole Buddha is made of solid gold!!! The temple is close to Hualamphong Railway Station and you can take it as a startpoint of a walk around Chinatown. The building itself is cramped between other buildings, so it is difficult to take a good photo of the whole wat. The most impressive feature of this place is to think about the 5 tons of gold...
    El Wat Traimit es uno de los templos mas importantes de Bangkok, sobre todo por la estatua de Lord Buda que esta dentro, el famoso Buda de Oro. No sólo es de oro su capa exterior, no. La estatua entera esta hecha de oro y es solida por dentro! El templo esta cerca de estacion de tren de Hualamphong y puedes tomarlo como punto de partida para un paseo alrededor de Chinatown. El edificio en si mismo esta apretujado entre otros, asi que es dificil sacar una buena foto del templo entero. Lo mas impresionante de este lugar es pensar en las 5 toneladas de oro...

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    it was made of pure GOLD!

    by PS_Lee81 Written Aug 27, 2006

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    we visited Bangkok during the Buddha Days. I think that's why every Wat we went, there surely will be ceremony going on.
    They said this Buddha statue was made of pure GOLD. The truth of it was not known until the monks tried to relocate the Buddha long time ago after the Burmish invasion. So now this temple surely worth a fortune... But the magic of it is that once you're in the temple, everything seems very peaceful and relax. Even by just sitting on the floor looking at the Buddha, you can find your inner peace.... hehehe... maybe you wanna try it one day.

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    Wat Traimit

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) was constructed during the Sukhothai period and is well known the Golden Buddha housed inside. The image is of solid gold and stands 3 metres high and weighs in at 5 ½ tons.

    Initially, this golden Buddha figure was completely covered with plaster to try and conceal it from the enemy which was invading Thailand and was installed as the main Buddha image in the main temple building of Choti-naram Temple or Wat Phrayakrai, Yannawa District.

    The temple was then deserted and in about 1931 and the East Asiatic Company moved in and extended its operations in the area of the abandoned temple. They decided to move the Buddha image into their building and in doing so the plaster was broken revealing the gold below. Once stripped, the Buddha has been a treasure for its artistic, historical and cultural significance.

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    Temple of Golden Buddha

    by daryll Written Jun 29, 2006

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    Wat Traimitr - The Golden Temple should be your first visit. At this stage, you will learn about Buddha's attitude.

    Apparently Buddha's has 9 attitudes of the whole 7 days. One of the famous attitude is the Reclining Buddha which eventually will link to your next visit to Wat Po, famous for huge Reclining Buddha.

    But main objective of course is to visit the Golden Buddha which located at different wing of this area. Golden Buddha which also known as Phra Buddha Mahasuwan Patimakorn or Phra Sukhothai Traimitr. Said to be weighed at least 5 tons and about 4 meter high. Considered as one of most important temple for the Buddhist in Bangkok.

    I strongly advise to get a guide or local friend which will be able to explain in details about monk daily activities and what are do's and dont's while in the temple.

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