Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is home to many historic Buddhist temples. The temples, which are an important influence on the identity of the city, is visited by millions of tourists every year. Located in the Chinatown in Bangkok, at 5 meters high, the incredible Wat Traimit dazzle the eyes of those who see it. The statue made with 5 tons of pure gold which is Thailand's precious treasure, is also known as the world's largest golden Buddha statue.
Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha Statue), which is older than 700 years, has an interesting story. After 1955, it appears that statue was made from gold. With its accidentally dropped during a displacement and the cracking of the plaster on it, it was understood that the statue made from gold.
Historians think that in the period when the country was weakened by the neighboring Burma attacks, the statue was covered with plaster, by concern about the possibility of the statue being looted. But this concealment has been so successful that it has been forgotten what really is under the plaster.
Rama III the king, had the statue carried a temple in Bangkok and this temple also became dysfunctional in 1931 and was closed. The statue was forgotten until it moved to Wat Traimit which is its current place in 1955. The statue was accidentally dropped while carrying, the plaster on it's top cracked, and the real sculpture emerged.
The Golden Buddha Statue is located on the 4th floor of the temple. The second floor also serves as a museum where information on Thai and Chinese history is transmitted. This museum deserves to be visited as much as the Golden Buddha. The third floor of the Wat Tiramit temple serves as a museum where information about the Golden Budha and its recent history is transmitted.
Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha Statue) is located in Traimit Road in Chinatown area of Bangkok and can be visited from 08:00 to 17:00. At the entrance to the temple, shoes must be removed as usual. It is needed to go to the Hualamphong MRT station to get to the temple. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from here to the temple.
Other important temples Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew and Royal Palace Grand Palace, are also among the places to visit in Bangkok.