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Wat Traimit, Samphanthawong

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Contact: +66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
Open Hours: Tu to Su from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, this wat houses the world's largest solid gold Buddha. Three meters (ten feet) tall and made of five and a half tons of gold, it was re-discovered by accident in 1957. The 13th-century Sukhothai style Buddha had been brought to Bangkok by King Rama III, who had encased it in stucco to protect it. This is an essential part of any Chinatown exploration.