The next couple of posts will be about some of the different things to see and do in Bangkok, starting with touring Chinatown & Golden Buddha Bangkok.
Chinatown Bangkok is known for its gold shops and market food. At night especially, vendors flock street-side with all sorts of cuisine. We visited during the day, and for us it was the better choice. While walking around Bangkok the night before, the smell of hot food being cooked and served street-side was very overwhelming. Think fish in 100+ degree weather, as a TON of people are cramped in like sardines as they pass by. Not super appetizing, but an experience I’ll never forget.
The Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) is located right in Bangkok’s Chinatown, so it made for the obvious next stop. True to its name, this temple houses a golden Buddha. A little fun fact (which you can thank our wonderful tour guide for) is that the Golden Buddha is the worlds largest solid gold seated Buddha. I love how this was discovered by accident. Really! Apparently, it was only realized that this Buddha was made out of solid gold when it was accidentally dropped while it was being moved. When it fell, gold under a casing of plaster was revealed. Can you imagine?! What a find!
We visited the Golden Buddha first thing in the morning, which was a great time to go. We were able to get a close viewing spot and lucked out with no crowd.
The famous gold buddha (pictured below) is about sixteen feet tall and weighs around five and a half tons!
Aside from the massive gold statue, I think I may have been even more obsessed with the intricate ceiling (pictured below).
Still lots more from Bangkok to come!