When you travel to Bangkok, Wat Traimit is undoubtedly one of the temples you will surely pass by as it is located in Chinatown – one of the busiest areas in Bangkok, Thailand. It also near hotels and restaurants. It is one of the must-see attractions in Bangkok that are mostly included in private or group hotel day tours. When you travel to this place, it will let you trace and experience Thai history. It has a public museum where you can spend hours having a grand experience just like the other ancient complexes such as the Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
What attractions you can see inside Wat Traimit or the Temple of the Golden Buddha
Inside the temple is a 5.5-tonne statue of seated golden Buddha. The gold sculpture was been in existence since the 13th century. It measures nearly 5 meters in height.
On the 3rd floor of the temple is a museum where a video presentation about the history of the Buddha images is explained. You get to learn the background and full story of the sculpture inside the temple.
There are also exhibits showing how Wat Traimit originated. The 2nd floor of the temple exhibits 3D presentations about the history of the Chinese traders in Bangkok considering this temple is situated in the heart of Chinatown.
It is open daily and their opening hours are from 8 AM to 5 PM. The best time to visit would be early in the morning before everything gets busy.
On the other hand, other highlights when visiting here are Thai food stalls and other items to check out in the market in Chinatown. The market prices in Chinatown are quite competitive so you may want to check out some travel souvenirs before you get back to your hotels.
A Guide on How to get to Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
Depending on the hotels you will be staying in, Wat Traimit is pretty much accessible via MRT. Most hotels also have information on the best ways to get there. From Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, you can reach Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) by taking an MRT. Start at Sukhumvit Station to Hua Lamphong railway station. Once you get there, walk about 450 meters west of the station to reach the temple.
If you are coming from other temples like The Grand Palace or Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), you can ask locals to guide you on public transportation leading there. In some cases, private or group hotel day tours also offer free transportation.
It is highly recommended to know the best time in leaving your hotel to avoid the rush hour. More so, you can expect tours in groups when you visit. If you want to avoid that, plan your schedule ahead of time.