The beautiful statue is sitting in the lotus position, relaxed, and many come here to see it. The location of the temple, on Yaowarat street on the edge of China Town, has become one of the tourist sites in this area, loved by many.
The estimated age of the golden Buddha is about 800 years. For hundreds of years this Buddha was hidden in a layer of plaster, making it very large, but less attractive for thieves. It seems the plaster was added around the 18th century, around the War with Burma. After the war the plaster was never removed, and it may be hard to believe, but the Buddha was forgotten.
Only 200 years later, when the statue was removed in 1955 to its current temple, Wat Traimit, it fell from a crane, and cracked. To the eyes of all the beholders an amazing treasure appeared. The treasure was discovered.
Besides the large and impressive Buddha, it's nice to walk around the relaxing garden around the temple.
Try getting here earlier in the morning to avoid the big tourist crowds. Later on you can continue to walk around China Town.
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Seeing the Buddha is free, and entering the museum costs 40 Baht.