We’ve been to Wat Traimit many times during our stays in Bangkok but with a visitor here for a few days we took another look, which was very worthwhile because there’s now an exhibition explaining how this priceless treasure was “discovered”.
In 1955, Wat Traimit was built to hold a golden Buddha. The work was complete and the statue was driven into the grounds of the wat, where a pulley was ready to put it in place a few storeys up. While monsoon rains raged, the work continued, but with little success. Suddenly, disaster struck: the rope of the block and tackle broke and the statue fell to the ground, smashing off a chunk of it. When the workers looked closer, they could see a black lacquer and glint of gold. Experts were summoned and the exposé showed that beneath the gold-leaf was plaster which in turn covered a solid gold Buddha, the largest in the world.
When the statue was being hoisted up, it would have looked as above, while the image below shows the layers used to disguise the solid gold.
The leaflet describing this Buddha has the following final words:
Another New Year…..
Bangkok marks 3 New Year celebrations: 1 January, Thai New Year – Songkran – which falls on 13 April, and Chinese New Year, which takes place between the December solstice and the March equinox. Red lanterns and dragons are everywhere right now. This year it’s on 25 January so we’ll miss it all as we return home tomorrow.
Lots of food and drink before we head home
It’s been fun having our friend Steve visit us for a few days on this trip, and we’ve enjoyed sharing some of the famous sights, but mainly our favourite eating places!