Wat Traimit (วัดไตรมิตรวิทยารามวรวิหาร) or Temple of the Golden Buddha is located on the end of Yaowarad Road (Chinatown in Bangkok). Although the temple itself pales in comparison to other temples in Bangkok with its rather modest temple architecture, it is the Golden Buddha inside that attracts hundreds of visitors daily. The Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha is the largest Golden Buddha Image in the world. It is a Buddha Image in the mara conquering attitude, the typical artistic style of the days when Sukhothai was the capital of Thailand. It was made of pure gold. The image is unrivalled in beauty, measuring 12 feet 5 inches in diametre and has a height of 15 feet 9 inches from the base to the crown and it weighs approximately 5 tons. Now more than 700 years old, it is a valuable treasure of Thailand and of Buddhism. The Guinness Book of Records conducted an evaluation and recorded the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit Wittayaram as "the sacred object with the highest intrinsic value" worth £21.1 million (£37.1 million according to the new record in 2003). There is also an exhibition on Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center.

The temple was built around 1832. It was formerly named Wat Sam Chin (Three Chinese Temple), after three Chinese donors who contributed their properties tobuild the temple in 1939. It's name was changed to Wat Traimit Wittayaram and became a royal temple in 1956. The Buddha image named Sukhothai Traimit located inside the Wiharn (Hall of Worship) belongs to Sukhothai period, presumably made during the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great (1277-1317). The image was moved from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai to Wat Chotinaram (Wat Phrayakrai) during the reign of King Rama III. Then it was shifted to this temple and stored in the pavilion before moving to the present location in 1955. Reverend Phra Visutha-thibordee, the late abbot whose image is in the sitting position in front of this temple, joined in the construction of the temple building for the Golden Buddha Image to be enshrined. When the building was completed and while preparations were being made to move this Golden Buddha Image to the building, the lime covering of the image was cracked revealing the guilt golden buddha image inside. The entire covering was then removed. Only then did the people realize that it was a Golden Buddha Image. Part of the covering plaster is also on display inside the temple building. Originally, this Golden Buddha Image was completely covered with plaster to conceal it from the enemy then invading Thailand and was installed as the principal Buddha image in the main temple building of Choti-naram Temple or Wat Phrayakrai, Yannawa District, Bangkok in the third reign of the Chakkri Dynasty in hte Ratansakosin era.

   
   

LocationWat Traimit Wittayaram Temple
661 Charoen Krung Road, Samphanthawong District, Bangkok 10100.
(วัดไตรมิตรวิทยารามวรวิหาร - ๖๖๑ ถนนเจริญกรุง แขวงตลาดน้อย เขตสัมพันธวงศ์ กรุงเทพมหานคร ๑๐๑๐๐ )

You could also take Metro to Hua Lamphong MRT Station and continue walking for 300 metres.

Operating hours: 2nd (Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center) and 3rd (Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn Exhibition) Floor Exhibitions operates on Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm daily. 4th (Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn - The Golden Buddha) Floor operates everyday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Admission (Ticket fee for foreigner): Exhibition 100 Bhat; Respect to the Golden Buddha 40 Baht; Exhibition + Golden Buddha 140 Bhat. Tickets are purchased at the side building of the temple.

Telephone: 0-2623-3329-30, 0-2623-1227, 0-2623-1283
Website: www.wattraimitr-withayaram.com

Information correct as of January 2011.