Wat Traimit or the temple of Golden Buddha is one of the tourist attraction places in Bangkok. It is located at the very begining of Chinatown or Yaowarat Road. If you walk from Hua Lamphong Railway Station, you will see the temple before the Odean Circle or the gate of Chinatown.
Many people come here in order to see the Golden Buddha, but this temple has more things offering! To see the Golden Buddha, you have to walk up to the fourth floor of the chapel and on the way up there are 2 exhibitions offering you the history of Chinatown and the Golden Buddha.
On the second floor, there is an exhibition named ‘Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center’. You can learn the history of Chinatown in Bangkok here such as the emergence of Bangkok’s Chinatown, how Chinese migrated to Bangkok, why there are many gold shops in Chinatown, how Thai-Chinese community formed, and so on.
Honestly I am really impressed with the exhibition. I think it is one of the great museums in Bangkok and I can relate to what is showing in the museum. Yes, I am a Thai of Chinese Descent; my grandparents are Chinese.
On the third floor, there is an exhibition named ‘Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn’. The name of the exhibition is the full name of the Golden Buddha. In this exhibition, you will learn the history of the Golden Buddha such as the making of the Golden Buddha, the transport of the Golden Buddha, and the incident when moving the Golden Buddha which became a big news.
After almost an hour with two exhibitions, I was finally at fourth floor, where the Golden Buddha is located. While I was there, the place was crowded with both locals and tourists. The Buddha itself was really beautiful. I was amazed with its size and the sparkling gold. The Buddha including the ceiling and the wall are well-maintained.
If you are planning to visit Traimit temple and Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat, you can read my walking trip in Yaowarat here. It might give you some ideas. And if you are hungry, I recommend this restaurant which is just few meters away from the temple. Enjoy traveling Bangkok!
Update: April, 2015
Location & How to get there: Mittaphap Thai-China Road, Samphanthawong District. The easiest way to go is to get off MRT Subway at Hua Lamphong station. Then, walk toward Traimit Road for 5 minutes.
Dress code: Dress appropriately. To visit the Golden Buddha at fourth floor, the dress code is quite strict. Your shoulders and knees must be covered. Do not worry much about how to dress because the sarongs and shirts are available for rent in front of the chapel at 20 baht.
Admission fee: Free for Thais. For foreigners, 140 baht for visiting the golden Buddha and the exhibitions, 40 baht for visiting only the golden Buddha, and 100 baht for visiting only the exhibitions
Opening Hours: The temple is open daily from 05.00-23.00. The exhibitions are open Tuesday to Sunday from 08.00-17.00 (closed on Mondays).
Have you ever been to Wat Traimit or any other temples (wats) in Thailand? Do you like them? Share your experience with me in the comments!