Saturday, October 6, 2012

Wat Traimit Wittayaram Temple - Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

Should at all you book a 1/2 a day tour at Pathuwman Hotel, all you got to do is wait at the main lobby for the travel agent before the sightseeing in Bangkok begins. After lunching at Santa'S Fast Food, I was driven in a taxi to the tour agent's office, I then hopped into the coach along with the rest of the tourists from other hotels, passed by the streets and arrived at this temple, aka "Temple Of The Golden Buddha".

At the entrance of the temple, the local guide shared his knowledge on the significance of the temple and next, we were allocated 30 minutes to view the inside and outside of the temple. The main attraction here is the Sukhothai golden Buddha statue - made from pure gold, weighting approximately 5 tons and dating back to 700 years ago, the statue is a valuable treasure of Thailand and of Buddhism. In 2008, a 3 storey building named Phra Maha Mondop was erected to house the Golden Buddha image. While the first floor contains a museum, the China town Heritage centre where visitors can learn about the history of China town and the Chinese immigrants in Bangkok, the second floor contains an exhibition on the history of the Golden Buddha whereas the top floor of the Phra Maha Mondop contains the Golden Buddha image - recorded as “the largest gold Buddha in the world” by Guinness Book year 1991. 

Open from 8 am until 5 pm, except on Mondays. admission to the temple complex is free, admission to the Golden Buddha image is 40 Thai Baht and to the Chinese History Museum, 100 Baht for adults, 60 for children.  
As this temple is one of main attractions in Bangkok, be prepared to be among the many tourists and local people during the weekends and peak season. I on the other hand was here when the temple was holding special prayers for their King's birthday. Crowded and stuffy, I quickly said my prayers, walked around the temple, took a couple of pictures and I was back into the coach to depart to the next temple.

Up next: Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

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  1. the temple looks so historical ms.nava great pictures!!

  2. Beautiful write up, Thailand is one place I love to visit. I had a stopover there while traveling India. Not visited the Bangkok.

  3. I need to convince Bill to take me to Thailand...such gorgeous temples and sites. Thanks for sharing your trip~

  4. How lucky to be there for the festivities my friend :D
    This temple is stunning!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. A visit to Thailand is never complete unless one visits the temples as well. I love the intricate handiwork of the craftmen.

  6. How beautiful is this temple you took amazing pictures very captivating.


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