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At one end of Chinatown, in what was once an otherwise unremarkable temple of Wat Traimit, sits the world's largest solid gold Buddha image. Made of about 83% pure gold and weighing in at five and a half tons, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth millions of dollars at today's gold prices.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Names: Wat Traimit; Temple of the Golden Buddha
    Location:Bangkok, Thailand
    Categories: Buddhist Temples;
    Colossal Statue Date:13th century
    Size:Golden Buddha: almost 10 feet (3m) high;
    weighs 5 tons
    Features:Largest in the World
  • Article written by Holly Hayes with reference to the following sources:
    Wat Traimit (The Golden Buddha) - Frommer's Thailand
    Fodor's Thailand, 8th edition
    Wat Traimit - Asian Historical Architecture
    Wat Traimit, Bangkok – Thailand for Visitors
    Golden Image Buddha – TripAdvisor traveler reviews
  • Wat Traimit - Bangkok - Bangkok for Visitors
    At one end of Chinatown, in what was once an otherwise unremarkable temple of Wat Traimit, sits the world's largest solid gold Buddha image. Made of about 83% pure gold and weighing in at five and a half tons, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth millions of dollars at today's gold prices.
    The image has a colorful history, which is recounted in a free pamphlet distributed with your paid admission.
    The Golden Buddha was cast sometime in the 13th century and is an excellent example of the gracious Sukhothai style that is still very much in favor to this day. At some point, it was covered in plaster and lacquer, most likely in an attempt to hide the valuable icon from thieves or looters.
    The disguise was so good that everyone apparently forgot about what was hidden beneath. A member of King Rama III's court had the statue moved to Bangkok and installed in a temple near where the Oriental Hotel is today. That temple fell into disuse and was completely abandoned around 1931.
  • The true nature of the Golden Buddha wasn't discovered until it was moved to its present location at Wat Traimit in 1955. When the image was being hoisted into its new home, the ropes broke, dropping the statue. Some of the plaster was chipped off, revealing the gold underneath. Bits of the plaster are on display in the interpretive center below the chapel.
    The statue now sits in a new (opened in early 2010) chapel perched high atop a four story marble-clad ziggurat. The second and third floors of the structure house an interpretive center. The second floor exhibits cover the history of the Chinese community in Bangkok, starting with a 3D presentation and moving on through slice-of-life scenes of Chinese traders in years gone by.
    The third floor museum covers the history of the Golden Buddha image itself. The video presentation at the beginning provides a good brief background on Buddha images in general, as well as the full story of the "subduing Mara" pose for this image. The exhibits cover how the image was made as well as the historical background of how it came to be at Wat Traimit.
    See my Chieng Fa Travel Journal for more pictures of the Golden Buddha and Wat Traimit. -
  • Bangkok Golden Buddha1

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    2. 2. Templul Wat Traimit adăposteşte celebrul Buddha de aur strălucitor care a fost descoperit în 1955 când s-a rupt funia macaralei şi statuia de 5 tone şi jumătate, din aur, a ieşit la iveală din îmbrăcămintea de stuc This temple is well known for its 3-metre tall, 5.5 tons solid gold Buddha image, constructed over 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from the invading Burmese. The Buddha at Wat Traimit was discovered by accident in 1955 when it was accidentally dropped as it was being moved, revealing, under a casing of plaster, a beautiful solid gold Sukhothai style Buddha. Pieces of the plaster are still kept on display
    3. 3. Statuia a fost creată în perioada Ayutthaya (1350-1767) şi a fost camuflată cu gips pentru a scăpa jefuirii birmaneze This three metres high, five and a half ton statue was long hidden under an unimpressive coating of stucco and plaster is thought to have been made in the 13th-14th centuries but the gold hidden underneath was only revealed by accident in 1955
    4. 4. Fotografii: Nicoleta Leu Prezentare: Sanda Foi oreanuş ♦ Traditional thai music