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16.3.15

Bangkok : Wat Traimit「พระพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร」

Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit, also known as the Temple of the Golden Budhha is located in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown. It is home to the World's largest gold Budhha statue (3m tall, 5.5 tonne) with a current value of US$40M. Scultpted in the Sukhothai style, the image is thought to deta from around late 15th century. Its story is as inspiring as its peaceful look.

Sometime in the 17th Century there was a great danger to the Siamese Kingdom, probably due to an invasion of Burma, so the Buddha was covered with plaster to disguise it from the looting hordes. The Thai treasures were hauled but the plaster figure remained untouched, shabby looking and somewhat lost in a temple within Chinatown. It wouldn't be until 1950 that the monks had collected enough funds to build a proper shelter for the old statue. During the moving, the statue was dropped from the crane. The workers run away scared of having ruined their fortune for life. But the plaster had been cracked with the fall so the secret was out and the true identity of the Gold Buddha, unveiled. The image would remain inside its old hall until 2009, when the temple that one can visit today, was built.

Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
The King and the Queen welcome you to Wat Traimit.
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
The temple really pays homage to its most honorable guest, the Golden Buddha.
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Still, youngest visitors seem concerned about exactly the same things kids in Europe are i.e. selfies
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
Namaste.

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