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Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

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Mittaphap Thai-China Road, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100

Located in Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road, Wat Traimit features the biggest seated Buddha statue in the world, weighing almost 5.5 tons and measuring 5 metres in height. Earlier, artisans used to craft the golden Buddhas and hide them from invading soldiers by covering them with plaster and stucco. This particular Buddha statue was discovered accidentally when it was been transferred under a plaster casing.

It is estimated that the statue is worth $250 million. With the weight of 45kg, the gold pureness is 40% for the body, 80% for the forehead and 99% for the topknot and the hair.

The Story of The Temple

The discovery of Golden Buddha was a very dramatic event. The original statue that existed in Wat Traimit, the old temple, was a plaster-structure. It was being removed from its original location to the newly built temple. During the attempt to lift it from the pedestal, the statue fell on the ground and the stucco cracked and chipped of at places. Thus was the gold revealed and the relocation was stopped for the evaluation of the discovery. Eventually, the plaster was carefully removed and photograph is captured for different work stages. Both the stucco and the photographs are on display to tourists now.

A Unique Experience with the Traditional Pose of Buddha

The posture of Golden Buddha represents the traditional pose in which his right hand touches the ground in order to witness the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya.

The original Sukhothai statues are laced on common pedestal form. The flame crowning ushnisha is a Sukhothai innovation symbolising grandeur or spiritual energy. The Golden Buddha statue was made completely in accordance with the prescribed code. It is amazing to see how every detail has been captured and carved out of gold. For lay visitors, the statue is valuable only for its gold but for those who are aware of the significance of details, the statue is a marvelous structure. The curved eyebrows meeting above the nose, the V-shaped hair-root, the wrinkles on the neck, the elongated ear lobes, etc. signify important things in Buddhism.

The temple stays open from 9am to 5pm.

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