Bangkok is one of the cities that come to mind at the mention of an East Asian holiday. Famous for numerous reasons, its culture and heritage is also one among them. There are various culturally important sites as well as monuments spread across various parts of the city. One such place is Wat Traimit. If you are particularly interested in visiting this site and staying in the vicinity of the site there are many places to stay. One that has been highly recommended due to its close proximity to the temple is Emporium Suites by Chatrium a much renowned 5 Star hotel in Bangkok.
The temple houses the world’s largest seated golden Buddha measuring over five meters in height and weighing over five tons. In the ancient times, the golden Buddha’s were disguised in plaster to protect from invaders, the golden Buddha was discovered when it was accidentally dropped while being moved and revealing itself under a plaster casting. Pieces of this plaster are still kept on display. The statue is believed to belong to the 13th century and depicts Sukhothai style of posture. The statue was housed in a new chapel in 2010. Sitting atop of a four storey building the second and third floor are dedicated to exhibitions. The second floor displays the history of the Chinese community in Bangkok via a 3D presentation while the third floor is also an interpretive one. It is a museum and covers the history of the Golden Buddha itself.
The temple remains open to public from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The history of the Buddha statue and temple is detailed in a free pamphlet issued free of charge upon entry. Due to the sacredness of the site, it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing while visiting the temple as a mark of respect.
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