Wat Traimit

661 Chaoren Krung Road | Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Phone: +66 2 225-9775 Timings: Open until 5:00pm Days: Mon–Sun, Open: 8:00 AM–5:00 PM Average Price: $ 1 per person http://www.wattraimitr-withayaram.com

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This temple is one of the highlights of Yaowarat, but is actually not part of China's cultural heritage. It houses the Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, the world's largest solid-gold Buddha image, which originates from the Sukhothai period. It is over three metres tall and weighs five and a half tonnes, with an interesting history. The image was only rediscovered about 50 years ago when it dropped from a crane while being moved. This cracked the plaster exterior that was applied to hide the image from the invading Burmese army. There is an impressive white structure with a golden spire next to the temple, that reaches higher than many other buildings in the district.

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