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The Buddha is over 700 years old but was discovered to be made of solid gold in 1955.
At some stage the Buddha had been encased in plaster – probably to hide it from marauding Burmese – and it was not until it was chipped while being moved that its hidden splendour was uncovered.
The Buddha is located on the 4th floor of the wat, but the 2nd and 3rd floors are fascinating as well. The 2nd floor is home to a museum detailing the history of the Chinese in Thailand. This remarkable and seldom visited museum has beautiful displays and numerous interactive exhibitions. Even without the incredible Buddha upstairs, this museum would be worth a visit on its own.
The 3rd floor is home to a separate museum with information on the golden Buddha and its history.
How to get there
The wat is about a five-minute walk from Hualamphong MRT station along Traimit Rd.