If you’re the type of person who’s impressed by huge amounts of gold, then the Temple of the Golden Buddha (otherwise known as Wat Traimit) should definitely be on your Bangkok tour itinerary. There are lots of temples in Bangkok and most of them hold statues of the Buddha, but this is the only one with a solid gold Buddha weighing 5.5 tons!
Located near the Chao Phraya River from not far from Hua Lamphong Railway Station in downtown Bangkok, getting to Wat Traimit is best achieved by taxi because even when you figure out which train station or ferry stop is close by, finding it is still an issue. If you really want to take public transport, the Chao Phraya River Express is your best bet, getting off at Marine Depot pier and walking east to the main intersection.
Don’t leave Wat Traimit for the end of your tour day as the Temple of the Golden Buddha is busiest in the late afternoon and the temple closes at 5PM. At any time of day you’re likely to be pursued by touts trying to sell you all kinds of things as you walk from the ferry or station to the temple.
Once you think you’re getting close, look for the gleaming square stepped golden rooftop, unique on temples in Bangkok, and you’ll know you’ve found Wat Traimit. Remember this is a religious temple and you need to show appropriate respect, including being dressed appropriately. As there is no-one at this temple loaning out clothing, you need to choose appropriate clothes for your visit.
Entrance to Wat Traimit is free but you have to pay 40 Bt if you want to see the Golden Buddha.
Wat Traimit is not a very big temple, but it is beautifully designed and the golden Buddha is awe-inspiring. Well worth a visit. While you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t forget to check out Bangkok Chinatown and Little India which are close by and great places to shop and eat.