Temple of the Golden Buddha - Wat Traimit, Bangkok
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!
At the end of Yaowarat Road near Hualampong Railway Station, there is a temple situated on Traimit Road. This temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha constructed during the Sukhothai period. The image of solid gold is 3 metres high and weighs five and a half tons.
The building holding this image is open to the public everyday from 08.00 – 17.00 hours. Admission fee 20 Baht.
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 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...
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.
Wat Traimit is a small temple that is famous for the solid gold Buddha that it houses. It was discovered in the 1950's when a stucco covered Buddha was accidently dropped when being moved, revealing the solid gold Buddha which weighs over 5 tons.
The Sukhothai Trimitr Golden Buddha is the largest solid gold Buddha image in the world, Made of pure gold, it is 16 feet high and weighs 5 tons. It was made more than 700 years ago. Following the Burmese invasion, it was hidden by covering it in stucco and remained for almost 100 years. During a move, the covering was chipped revealing the gold underneath. In a beautiful setting, this is a visit not to be missed.
Located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road near the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lam Phong), this temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha, now more than 700 years old.
It 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.
Everyday 9:00 to 5:00pm
This temple was very near the Hualamphong Train Station.
As you enter there is a big temple in the middle and the ticket office is on your left. I bought the ticket (though nobody was controlling the entrance) and climbed the steps at the left up to the small pavillion where the Golden Buddha is.
It is very nice this medium sized Buddha all covered in gold. Around him you will find people offering flowers and little gold shhets to other smaller buddhas and monks statues.
I visited the huge Buddha at Wat Traimit on a tour during my first trip to Bangkok many years ago, and it made quite an impression on me. This year (2005), I've paid it another visit - this time on my own. It's much easier to get to than it used to be - a brand new Metro station has opened up at Hua Lamphong railway station nearby, a short walk away.
The Buddha image itself is 3 metres high, weighs 5 tonnes or so, and is solid gold! Quite amazing really. If you are interested in the history of this Buddha image, the excellent Thailand Guidebook site has a short summary of it.
If you happen to be visiting on a weekday, then you may get the added bonus of a lot of Thai kids milling around - there is a school attached to the temple.
There's a 20 baht fee to see the Buddha image, and the temple is open from 8am until 5pm daily.
Being a Catholic and a first time traveller abroad, I haven't had much opportunity to visit other temples or places of worship.
The Buddha image in Wat Traimitr is very impressive. According to our guide, this one is made up of pure gold. It has always been believed to be made up of cement and the real treasure was only discovered incidentally while transferring the Buddha from its former location.
Very nice experience but I think the whole tourism stuff is making this place less serene than it ought to be.
This is from my first Bangkok trip in March 2004.
Part of our packaged City Tour.
In the middle of a bustling neighbourhood stands Wat Traimit, a small complex of fairly plain, unadorned buildings dominated by one thing - a 3 metre tall, 5 or 6 tonne image of the Buddha made from solid gold.
The Buddha, made in the Sukhothai period (mid 13th to mid 14th Century), was later covered in plaster to protect it from Burmese invaders. It remained in this state for a couple of centuries until in the mid 1950's when, upon moving the statue, the plaster started to crack and the its true nature literally shone though.
It’s a very impressive image - the gleaming colour of the statute surrounded by candles and offerings –-although it somehow seems a little constricted by the small pavilion it is placed on. But then I suppose 5 tonnes of gold is going to overwhelm most things!
The Temple of the Golden Buddha contains a solid gold Buddha image that weighs 5.5 tonnes and is 3m high.
The story goes that it was covered with plaster to stop it being stolen by the Burmese in the Sukhothai period. The statue was forgotten about for a long time but moved with a crane in the mid part of the 20th century. While being moved it was knocked and some of the plaster came off, revealing the gold underneath.
It is quite impressive but even more impressive, in this 1987 photo, is me with a 28" waist, not an ounce of fat and no grey hair.
The Wat Traimit temple is nothing special from the outside, but is famous for the big Golden Buddha statue.
The statue itself is 800 years old and maybe it is not a masterwork, but.. yes, it is solid gold: more than 5 tons. The world largest golden statue.
For a few centuries the statue was covered with white stucco and maybe for this reason (besides its weight) it did not disappear during the Burmese invasion.
This is a stunning wat. This wat holds the largest golden Buddha image. It weighs 5.5 tons and is around 3 meters high. For the longest time, no one knew about the golden Buddha. Instead the golden Buddha was encased in plaster. When workers were moving the image in 1955-they accidently dropped the image breaking the plaster. Supposedly, it was quite common to cover important or richly decorated Buddhas due to the threat of a Burmese invasion.