December 15, 2016

Ba·ng·kok and the Golden Buddha (พรพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร)

This time around it was a very short trip to Bangkok, also known as “Krung Thep” (กรุงเทพฯ ‎(grung-têep)).
The river that you see is called Chao Phraya River and it is always that brown muddy color and full of boats and river taxis.
Some of the images are of Shangri-La Bangkok.
In the second half of the post you can see our visit to the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station.
Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest massive gold seated Buddha. The gold statue is made of about 83% pure gold and at least 3 meters long (9.8ft), with a weight of 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms) and it is believed that it was made during Sukhothai Dynasty of the 13th-14th centuries, but in reality the date is unknown.
You can also enjoy the history of the Golden Buddha image and video presentation at the exhibit of the third floor museum, or learn the history of Chinese community in Bangkok at the second floor exhibits.

Fun fact: It was found that the gold statue actually consisted of nine parts that fit smoothly together and come with a key at its base, which can be used to disassemble the statue, allowing for easier transportation.

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Travel Photography: Maryna Marston
City: Bangkok, Thailand
Images: Bangkok, Chao Phraya River, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, The Temple of the Golden Buddha aka Wat Traimit (พรพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร)