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Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Bangkok

14.5/5(3 Ratings)

What to do : See one of the world's largest solid-gold Buddhas

Ranked 4 of 89 sightseeing in Bangkok

The Temple of Golden Buddha or Wat Traimit is located in the Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok. The temple is largely unremarkable, like the thousands of other Buddhist Temples in the city - except for the fact that it houses the world’s largest gold image of Buddha.

History

The statue is made in the Sukhothai style of the 14th Century, although it could have been made after that period - the origins of the statue are still unknown. At some point in time, the statue was covered in stucco and plaster, so as to protect it from theft and the Burmese invasion. It worked, and the statue remained in Ayutthaya without attracting any attention. Later, when King Rama I shifted capitals to Bangkok, he ordered his men to bring back all the religious figurines and images from the destroyed city. And so it remained, for over a century and a half with nobody discovering its true worth under humble tin roofing. In 1954, when the statue was to be moved to a newly constructed viharn, it is said that the statue fell down, with the gold being revealed under the broken plaster. Its current housing, the large new building at Wat Traimit, was inaugurated on Valentine’s Day, 2010.

Reason to Visit

The statue is the largest gold figurine of the Buddha, in the world. It is about four metres tall, and almost equally as wide. The gold is 18 karat, and the statue weighs over five-and-a-half tonnes. The hair and the topknot are made from pure gold - the estimated worth of the statue is around a quarter of a billion dollars. Along with the statue itself, Wat Traimit also has two other floors open to visitors. One floor takes visitors through the history of the Chinese Community in Bangkok, and the other covers the history of the statue itself. A thorough history of it, including general information about Buddha figurines and the “subduing Mara” pose displayed in this particular statue is given.

Entry Guidelines

The temple is open from 8 am to 5 pm. Entry fee to visit the Golden Buddha is just 40 Baht, or INR 80. However, entry to the museum costs 100 Baht, or around INR 190. Currency exchanges are provided in the same kiosk, to make it easy for international tourists. The temple is open every day of the week, but the museum remains closed on Mondays. The temple dress code applies here, too - no revealing clothes or bare feet are allowed.

 

 

Where to Eat

The River Vibe Restaurant and Bar, which is around 200 metres from the temple is a must-visit for those who like great views and a good ambience along with your delicious food. There is also the famous Flow-Millenium Hilton, which is renowned for its seating arrangements on the riverside at a distance of one kilometre. Those in the mood for some craziness should visit the Soulbar – a bar which has live music and serves some delicious food.


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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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Operating hours

Sun:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Entry Fee

Adult:
THB 40
Child:
Free/not applicable
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Contact Details

Phone: +66-02-2259775

Reviews and Ratings

Nandlal yadav

Nandlal yadav3.6/5

2 reviews

Golden temple for nice time

You can spend 1 hr and sit back and relax at this place. Nice architecture to be explored not much attractions near. Samitiveg hospital behind and it's in center of city. Religious place for sure
  • Golden temple for nice time
  • Golden temple for nice time

Muthusamy Muthusamy

Muthusamy Muthusamy5.0/5

184 reviews

Nice temple

This temple has levels and the top level of the temple houses the main sanctum of Buddha. Here Buddha is in the sitting posture. We can see many priests all around the temple which makes this temple a popular among the locals. A little walk from the main road along a side road takes us to the temple. Since the temple is a high rised one we do get a good stunning view of the city too from the top level. The decorations inside and outside the temple is so beautiful that one has to spend quiet a little more time to admire the whole lot. We have to climb some steps to reach the top but this temple do have an elevator which takes us up. Its better to visit this temple before 11am or 12 as the hot sun makes the plight up the steps uncomforable. Other than that i would say this temple is a must see attraction of the city

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