Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

Attraction 661 Chaoren Krung Road | Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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The Wat Traimit temple in the China Town area of Bangkok is a Royal temple famous for the enormous gold Buddha image it houses.

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Why Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) is special ?

Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station, Wat Traimit houses the world's largest massive gold seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons. In the past, artisans crafted the Buddhas in gold and disguised them from invading armies by a covering of stucco and plaster.


The Golden Buddha was taken to the Wat Chotanaram in Bangkok. In the 1930’s the image finally ended up in the Wat Traimit, still covered in plaster. In 1955 a viharn was erected to house the image. When the Golden Buddha was moved to the new building using a crane, a cable broke and the image fell to the ground and into the mud. The workmen are said to have run off fearing bad luck.


The next day, when a monk returned to the temple he found the image still in the mud, with some of the plaster coating broken revealing the gold, thus revealing the true identity and value of the image.


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What to explore at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)?

In 2008, a 3 storey building named Phra Maha Mondop was erected to house the Golden Buddha image. The first floor contains a museum, the Chine town Heritage centre where visitors can learn about the history of China town and the Chinese immigrants in Bangkok. The second floor contains an exhibition on the history of the Golden Buddha. Some of the coating that revealed its true identity are on display here. The top floor of the Phra Maha Mondop contains the Golden Buddha image.

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How to get to Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)?

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.

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Selling points

  • A tranquil place
  • A giant gold statue
  • The greatest among all
  • Fantastic to get closer
  • An amazing temple
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
180.11 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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661 Chaoren Krung Road | Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • Currency exchange around the corner has good exchange rates. Bring bills that are in good condition.
    Currency
  • It's closed on Monday
    Timming
  • Admission to the temple complex is free, admission the the Golden Buddha image is 40 Thai Baht, and to the Chinese History Museum 100 Baht for adults, 60 for children. (Note that the price can be changed unexpectedly)
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Your shoes can be stolen when you get inside and leave them in the main gate. The best way is to put your shoes in the plastic bag and bring it along with you.
    Thief
  • There is a donation box if you want to donate
    Things to do
  • The walk up to the temple is nice and you will see several stone carvings that have incredible detail.
    Things to do

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We where awestruck by this!! Unbelievable grounds and as for the golden Buddha, well,as I said in my title..Amazing

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The Golden Buddha is huge! And very impressive. Amazing to think that it was only discovered by accident when it was dropped and it's concrete casing cracked open. The temple looks grand, but only because it is new and built to house the Golden Buddha. Compared to other temples in Bangkok it is certainly nothing special, so if you're short on time, make sure you get to the Grand Palace/Wat Pho/Wat Arun before you come here, to see those sights and the original architecture there.

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The temple was very nice for its history. It was nice to know about the Thais hiding this gold idol away under the earth from the invading Burmese. We went on a hot day and the stone floors were burning hot. The interior architecture is amazing. There is a smaller temple on the outside with a large hall but it was closed to visitors on that day.

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We where awestruck by this!! Unbelievable grounds and as for the golden Buddha, well,as I said in my title..Amazing

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