Photo: Wat Traimit, home to the largest solid-gold Buddha in the world.

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Wat Traimit

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Imagine realising that five and a half tons of gold had been sitting under your nose for the last two decades. Such was the miraculous fortune of Wat Traimit, a once insignificant temple where a blunder by a few volunteer workers resulted in the ultimate antique discovery: the largest solid-gold statue in the world.

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With a name that means “Three Friends Temple” after a trio of late-19th century donors, Wat Traimit was a little-known Theravada Buddhist temple until May 25, 1955. While moving a typical-looking plaster Buddha image from the rickety tin-roof pavilion where it had sat for two decades, workers lost control and the statue crashed to the ground. A golden glean shimmered through a crack in the plaster, transforming mistake ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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