Wat Traimit, also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, is home to the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue. A magnificent piece of history not to be missed, the seated Buddha measures 10 feet high, weighs over 5 tons, and is worth an estimated $14m. It is thought to date back 900 years and is fashioned in traditional Sukothai style, with a gleaming, reflective surface.
When the Burmese were expected to attack the city, the statue was covered entirely in plaster to hide its value. It stayed covered in plaster for two centuries until the early 1900s, when the statue was accidentally dropped during a transport, revealing the sparkling gold within. Bits of this plaster can still be seen on display in the temple.