Also called the Temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha. The gleaming 13-ft (4-m) high 13th-century Sukhothai image is made of 18-carat gold and weighs five tons.
The Buddha was discovered by accident in 1955. While extending the port of Bangkok, workers for the East Asiatic Company unearthed what appeared to be a plain stucco Buddha. The image was kept at Wat Traimit under a makeshift shelter for 20 years, until a crane dropped it while moving it to a more permanent shelter. The plaster cracked, revealing the gold Buddha beneath.
The statue had likely been encased in stucco to hide it from Burmese ransackers – a common practice during the Ayutthaya period.
Local Chinese residents come here to worship the Golden Buddha and to make merit by rubbing gold leaf on the temple’s smaller Buddha images.