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Golden Buddha & Interactive Exhibition

Wat Traimit Temple


Without doubt the Golden Buddha is an astonishing image, but more the exhibition centre is entertainment for all ages, a must see!

Admission: Nominal.   
Tour rating: 8.5 (10 best)

The exhibition is interactive, demonstrating the history of "Chinatown" and how the Chinese community influenced Bangkok through the centuries. It's highly recommended to absorb the history and culture of the area.

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.

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. 










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Transport: There are several options, the easiest is the fast and efficient subway MRT, it's clean and very safe. 

Exit at station Hua Lamphong, use exit gate 1 (Wat Traimit), then a 500mtr walk, across a Khlong (Canal), follow the signs or ask the locals.
The venue comprises several levels, exhibition centre and prayer room (Golden Buddha).
Admission cost: Nominal: (100-200baht) prices split for Exhibition and/or temple (prayer room).

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