Wat Traimit - The Temple of the Golden Buddha



Wat Traimit, the temple of the Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon  is the world's largest solid gold statue.



We didn't have lots of pictures here as we arrived late, the temple was closing. Will go there again next time and will post more pics and update this post.

UPDATE:
We went to Wat Traimit again, earlier this time and we made it.

Fee: 40 Baht (Golden Buddha)
        100 Baht (Exhibit)
        140 Baht (Exhibit + Golden Buddha)

We only went there to see the Golden Buddha as it was the most interesting.

The statue is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall and weights 5.5 tonnes (5.4 long tons; 6.1 short tons). The statue was housed in a wat in Ayutthaya until mid 19th century, and its provenance from Ayutthaya excludes the possibility of it having been made after about 1750.



At US$1,400 per troy ounce, the gold in the statue (18 karat) is estimated to be worth 250 million dollars.
An alternative version of the characteristics of the Golden Buddha is given as follows,
In the traditional sitting posture, it measures 3.10 meters across the lap from knee to knee, and 3.91 meters from base to top. A peculiarity of the statue is that it can be taken [apart] to 9 pieces. The purity of gold is 40% from the base up to the neck, 80% from the chin to the forehead, and 99% for the hair and the topknot, weighing 45 kg.
The Buddha is represented in the traditional pose of Bhumisparsha Mudra (touching the earth with the right hand to witness Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment at Bodh Gaya). The original statues of Sukhothai sit on a common pedestal form. The flame that crowns the ushnisha is an innovation of Sukhothai that symbolises the splendour of spiritual energy. The line of the hairdressing forms a "V" shape in the root of the hairs, underlined by the elegant curve of the eyebrows that join above the aquiline nose, all according to the prescribed rules. The three wrinkles in the neck and the much elongated ear lobes, signs of his former status of prince, also form part of the code, as do the wide shoulders and the chest inflated. (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Buddha_(statue))
View from the ceiling to the floor, using 6 pictures.
Panoramic view.








One of the statues sitting inside the temple.
Walls and windows are painted like this one.
Wat Traimit.



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