Splendid Bangkok temple

Sep 3, 2014

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Splendid Bangkok temple by NINE

Wat Trimit Wittayaram, Bangkok Temple  – The Temple of the Golden Buddha

The Bangkok temple is officially named Wat Traimit Wittayaram Worawiharn, a royal monastery of the secondary classification of the Worawiharn type.  It is also known as “The Temple of the Golden Buddha” which enshrines the gigantic solid gold Buddha image named Phra Buddha Maha Suwan Patimakon in the subduing Mara position, the typical artistic style of the days when Sukhothai was the capital of Thailand.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2861″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Wat Trimirt – Golden Buddha Statue” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]Although the temple itself is less significance in comparison to other temples in Bangkok with its rather modest temple architecture, it is the Golden Buddha inside that attracts visitors who come to pay respect to the image as well as to appreciate this invaluable masterwork of Thai cultural heritage.Chinatown tour

Phra Buddha Maha Suwan Patimakorn is the one and only gold Buddha image in Thailand that was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991 as the world’s largest gold Buddha image.  It is regarded as an invaluable part of the cultural heritage related to Buddhism and the Thai nation.

This Bangkok temple is well known for its 3-metre tall, 5.5 tons solid gold Buddha image and it measures 3.10 metres across the lap from knee to knee.  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 favour to this day.  It can be disassembled into nine pieces.  It was estimated that the gold Buddha was built in the Sukhothai period (1238-1438), but there are no written records of its origin.  Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from the invading Burmese.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”2860″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”The Golden Buddha statue” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]After King Rama I had established Bangkok as the new capital, his Majesty had the important Buddha images in the provinces transferred to be housed in temples in Bangkok and this included the Gold Buddha Image which was then covered with plaster.  Initially, the image was enshrined in Wat Chotanaram and in 1935 was transferred to Wat Traimit Wittayaram,

The true nature of the Golden Buddha was discovered in 1955 when it was moved to a new “wiharn” (main hall) building, which was built at the temple to house this Buddha image.  When the image was being hoisted into the new “wiharn”, the ropes broke and it was accidentally dropped, revealing under a casing of plaster, a beautiful solid gold Sukhothai style Buddha.  Pieces of the plaster are still kept on display.

On 14 February 2010, Wat Traimit’s new building named “Phra Maha Mondop” was officially opened to the public and the Gold Buddha was moved here. The first floor of the building exhibits the history of Chinese community in Bangkok.  The second floor holds an exhibition of the origin of the Gold Buddha. The top level is where the world’s largest gold Buddha image is enshrined.

Location:  Near Hualampong Railway Station, towards Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road.

Admission Fee: Entrance to see the Golden Buddha is Baht 40.  The museum costs an additional Baht 100.  Tickets may be purchased at a booth near  the ‘wiharn’ housing the image.  There are also currency exchanges in the same kiosk.  The Bangkok temple is open during 8 am to 5 pm everyday, but the museum is closed on Mondays.


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