Golden Buddha

The 4th floor of Wat Traimit houses a gleaming 5.5-tonne solid gold Buddha image. It is over 700 years old but only ‘discovered’ to be made of solid gold in 1955 when it was dropped in transit and its plaster exterior was cracked to reveal the gold statue. The plaster case is thought to have been added to hide its true form from Burmese marauders. The second floor has an interesting museum about the Chinese history in Thailand and the third flood details the history of the Golden Buddha. The Wat is near the Hua Lamphong MRT station (exit 1 and a 5-minute walk along Traimit Road), or 10-minute walk from the Ratchawong port on the Chao Phraya River. Enterance: 40B, open daily 8:00am – 5:00pm Address: Th Mittaphap, Bangkok

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