Located at the end of Chinatown‘s Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station, Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest massive gold seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons. In the past, artisans crafted the Buddhas in gold and disguised them from invading armies by a covering of stucco and plaster.
The Buddha at Wat Traimit was discovered by accident 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.
Entrance to see just the Golden Buddha is 40 Baht (1.12 USD). The museum costs an additional 100 Baht (2.81 USD). Tickets may be purchased at a booth near the wiharn housing the image. There are also currency exchanges in the same kiosk. The temple is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday, but note that the museum is closed on Mondays.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Traimit Road (west of Hua Lampong Station), at the very beginning of Chinatown
Price Range: 10 Baht to visit the museum located half way to the top of the building. Visiting the golden buddha itself is free.
Wat Traimit is located just off Odeon traffic circle, which is dominated by the huge symbolic Chinese gate marking the entrance to Bangkok’s Chinatown. As such, it makes an excellent start, or end, to a Chinatown tour, which can be started from the Ratchawong Pier of the Chaophraya River Express Boat service.
The temple is also a very short distance from Hualamphong railway station, with its many food courts and easy transportation access. It’s also an easy walk from the subway station at Hualamphong.