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Wat Traimit, Bangkok

Cast sometime in the 13th century during the Sukhothai period, word has it that the Golden Buddha image was covered in plaster and lacquer for many years until an accidental fall in the 1950’s exposed its intrinsic nature.
ADDRESS
661 Charoenkrung Road, Samphanthawong District, Bangkok, Thailand

The Overview

Old Bangkok is home to many famous monuments such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, but few people know that this area also belies Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn, the world’s largest pure gold Buddha image. Cast sometime in the 13th century during the Sukhothai period, word has it that this image was covered in plaster and lacquer for many years until an accidental fall in the 1950’s exposed its intrinsic nature. Today, this three-meter tall effigy sits enshrined on the top floor of Wat Traimit (also known as Phra Maha Mondop), a four-story temple located at one end of the bustling Charoenkrung Road. On the second floor, the exhibits cover the history of the Chinese community in Bangkok while the museum on the third floor provides the historical background of the Golden Buddha image. Wat Traimit should not be missed if you are a fan of Asian historical architecture.
 
Address:
661 Charoenkrung Road,
Samphanthawong District,
Bangkok, Thailand
 
Telephone:+66 2 623 3329
 
Website: www.wattraimitr-withayaram.com
 

 

Published on Aug 18, 2010

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