This Buddhist temple near Bangkok Chinatown is best known for only one thing: The Golden Buddha. The story goes that in 1931 there was a restoration taking place at Wat Phraya Krai in Yannawa district. The main Buddha statue, which was seen made of cement, was then relocate to Wat Trai Mit, which was also undergoing its major renovation and expansion. Twenty years later, in 1955, when the structures were completed, the Buddha statue was being moved to enshrined in one of the buildings. But the Buddha statue was too heavy it fell off from the lifting crane and its surface was cracked to reveal pure gold hidden inside. After flaking off the cement surface, the three-meter-tall pure-gold Buddha statue was unveiled. It was made of three tons of 18-carat gold during the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom, around 700-800 years old. It is believed that the original Golden Buddha was covered with cement plaster to hide it from enemies during the Sukhothai-Ayutthaya disputes. It is now the world’s largest pure-gold Buddha image, enshrined at the newly-built multi-level stupa. Opening hours: Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: 20 baht.