The next couple of posts will feature the different sights and things to do around Bangkok, starting with touring Chinatown & Golden Buddha Bangkok.
Chinatown Bangkok is famous for its gold shops and market food, especially at night – vendors flock street-side with all sorts of cuisine. We visited this area during the day, and I have to be honest, for us, it was the better choice for sure! While walking around Bangkok the previous night, prior to our dinner at Sirocco, the smell of hot food being cooked and served street-side was very overwhelming. Think fish in 100 degree weather, with a TON of people cramped like sardines on the sidewalks passing by. Not super appealing, but an experience I’ll treasure and never forget for sure!
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 large golden Buddha statue. A little fact – and all these facts you can thank our wonderful guide for – the Golden Buddha is the worlds largest solid gold seated Buddha. I love that this tidbit was discovered by accident. Really! Apparently, it was only realized that this Buddha was made out of solid gold when it was accidentally dropped as it was being moved, revealing gold under a casing of plaster. Can you imagine?! What a find!
We visited the Golden Buddha first thing in the morning, and really got to see the statue up close, as we lucked out with no crowds.
The famous gold statue (pictured below) is about sixteen feet tall and weights around five and a half tons!
Despite the massive gold statue, I think I was even more obsessed with the intricate ceiling (pictured below), as well as all the pretty items surrounding the Buddha – so beautiful!
Up next, continuing with our tour of Bangkok, we’re off to some more wonderful sights, stay tuned!