Located in the modest Chinatown, Wat temple Traimit be another among so many of Bangkok, not to harbor a valuable statue has given fame: the Golden Buddha.
The history of this treasure is very peculiar. . The Golden Buddha was built in Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand , in the thirteenth century. , la estatua fue recubierta con estuco para protegerla de los birmanos que asediaban la ciudad, y quedó en el olvido. Some centuries later, presumably in the seventeenth, the statue was covered with stucco to protect it from the Burmese who besieged the city, and was forgotten.
, el Buda fue trasladado a un templo menor de Bangkok , pero por desgracia, ese templo fue derribado al poco tiempo y la estatua quedó a la intemperie durante más de veinte años. During the reign of Rama III, the Buddha was moved to a smaller temple of Bangkok , but unfortunately, this temple was demolished soon after and the statue was left in the open for over twenty years. At the end of the day, what did it matter? It was just a statue of little value.
It would not be until 1955 when finally take the decision to take it to another temple of the same neighborhood. In the move, due to a failure of the crane that carried, stucco broke revealing what was inside, neither more nor less than a 5.5 ton statue of solid gold.
Currently the Golden Buddha is one of the most important religious icons of Thailand (with permission of the Emerald Buddha ), and is valued at $ 110 million. A most excellent excuse to come to this unassuming Chinatown temple of Bangkok.
Photo | McKay Savage
In Traveler's Journal | Bangkok temples Guide
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I enjoyed Laos alot2005-03-04 10:48:03 by wat2dowat2do
I went in 2001. Bought a "package" from a Bangkok travel agent that included visa for crossing Thai Laos border up at Chang Rai, a boat trip down the Mekong for a few days, overnight accomodation at a french owned riverbank hotel, meals and dropped us off at Luang Prabang. The travel agent also included air tickets from Luang Prabang back to BKK. Not really an organised package tour, so to speak... wonderful experience, but I would warn against hiking or travelling in the back country or in a small group. Read warnings about land crossings. Stick with an organised tour in a mainstream area.
If you're in the region anyways, tack on a few days in Siam Reap in Cambodia. You can fly in and out of BKK. It was as memorable as Laos for different reasons. (architechure vs the people)
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