While the saying goes, “all that glitters is not gold”, the glittering spectacle that awaits at Wat Traimit is solid gold and makes it one of the must-visit temples in Bangkok.
Planning a Visit
This well-known attraction can be found on Charoen Krung Road in the Chinatown area of the city. Approximately 450 metres from the Bangkok Railway Station (aka Hua Lamphong Station) and around a 20-minute drive from Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok, this temple is open from 08:00am to 05:00pm daily.
The Golden Buddha
Dating back to the 13th century, the Wat Traimit is home to a spectacular seated Buddha statue made from solid gold and is said to weigh 5.5 tonnes! Easy to access for those staying at Sukhumvit serviced apartments, this stunning creation is around three metres in height and is an example of Sukhothai-style sculpture.
The third floor of the structure where you will find the statue offers more information regarding how it was made as well as on Buddha images in general. You can check out a video presentation and learn about the origin story of the Golden Buddha along with how it came to the temple.
On the second floor of the same building, you will find the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre which provides insightful information on Chinatown in Bangkok and the community that calls it home. All in all, a visit to Wat Traimit is an enriching experience indeed!
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+