Wat Trimitr houses a 3.5 meter high and 5.5-tonne heavy pure Gold Buddha. The statue came from Ayutthaya in 1767 and escaped the marauding Burmese, because it was hidden under a plaster jacket. It was shipped to Bangkok and as he was to be hoisted in 1956 to its final position, it fell from the crane cable and the real material, pure gold, came to be visible. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat or previously and still commonly known as Wat Leng Nei Yi, the first Mahayana Buddhist sect temple in Thailand. It was constructed during King Rama V by donation from the Chinese living in the Chinatown area. We take a stroll through Yaowarat Road, the main street in Chinatown Bangkok. The busy street, lined with ubiquitous goldsmith shops, sharksfin and birds nest restaurants, shops and vendors selling Chinese herbal medicine, dried mushrooms, salted fish, roasts, Chinese calendars, almanacs and of course, herbal tea, is a melting pot of communities engaging in commerce and they're as busy as ever today. Continue to Pak Klong Talad, the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The majority of flowers found here are destined to be woven into "phuang malai" - garlands and used as offerings. Some will be offered to images of Buddha inside temples or on the shrines of private homes. Others will find their way to ancestor spirit shrines, spirit trees, or one of the countless dedications to Hindu gods like Brahma and Indra. Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters one of the largest Buddha in Thailand.
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