World Reviewer rating

Worth a detour
Rating 1.8 (222 votes)

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)

Listed under Buddhist Temples in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Photo of Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
  • Photo of Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
  • Photo of Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
Photo of Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
Photo by flickr user zoonabar
Pin It

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) in Bangkok might not rate a second glance if not for its astonishing Buddha image.

Wat Traimit is thought to date from the 13th century. The Golden Buddha image is about 900 years old and is cast in the Sukhothai style. It is believed to have been brought first to Ayutthaya. When the Burmese were about to sack the city, it was covered in plaster to hide its value. Two centuries later, still in plaster, it was thought to be worth very little. But in 1957, when the image was being moved to a new temple in Bangkok, it slipped from a crane and was left in the mud by workmen. In the morning, a temple monk, who had dreamed that the statue was divinely inspired, went to see the Buddha image. Through a crack in the plaster he saw a glint of yellow, and discovered that the statue was pure gold.

What to See

Off to the side of Wat Traimit is a small chapel containing the Golden Buddha, which is the world's largest solid-gold Buddha. The graceful seated Buddha is nearly 10 feet high and weighs over 5 tons.

This powerful image has such a bright, reflective surface that its edges seem to disappear, and it gleams with such richness and purity that even the most jaded are inspired by its strength and power.

Pieces of the stucco that once hid this remarkable treasure are on display in a case to the left.

Continue reading on Sacred Destinations.

Written by  Martin Gray.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

It is now housed in the newly constructed large building that had it's opening ceremony in the last days of December 2009 and first days of early 2010.

1957 Buddha Statue

Does anyone know when in 1957 this occurred? What month and day?

(But in 1957, when the image was being moved to a new temple in Bangkok, it slipped from a crane and was left in the mud by workmen. In the morning, a temple monk, who had dreamed that the statue was divinely inspired, went to see the Buddha image. Through a crack in the plaster he saw a glint of yellow, and discovered that the statue was pure gold.)

1 Reply

It's kinda vague, some people say it was in 1955 with the East India Company were taking over the building...

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Boudhanath Stupa

    Since rioting Tibetans and the iron-fist of the Chinese government meant I’d miss the chance to visit Tibet, I was soaking up a…

  • Wat Sisaket

    One of the most interesting things about this temple are the interior walls of the cloisters and hallways which have more than …

  • Chusonji Temple

    Several buildings make up this Tendai Buddhist temple complex, two dating from before the 12th century. Of those two one is ou…

Related links

Contribute to this page