Dating back to the 13th century, Wat Traimit stands nearly 10
feet (3m) tall, weighs over five tons and is believed to be solid
cast gold, the largest gold statue in the world. It was discovered
by accident in 1957 when an old stucco image was dropped by a
crane, shattering the plaster shell to reveal the brilliantly
shining gold underneath. The statue is breathtaking and is thought
to have come from Ayutthaya covered in plaster to hide it from the
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