Wat Traimit is a Buddhist temple located near Bangkok’s Chinatown district. Traimit is perhaps best known for housing the largest solid gold statute in the world. The statue is 3m in height, weighs 5.5 tonnes, and depicts the image of a svelte Buddha sitting in a meditative posture. The statue is often referred to in English as The Golden Buddha.
Traimit’s temple building comprises four levels. One of the levels contains a museum, which explains the origin and history of The Golden Buddha. When I visited Traimit, the museum was displaying an exhibition about Chinese immigrants in Thailand.
Chinese began emigrating to Thailand hundreds of years ago. Merchants and manual laborers made up the bulk of the Chinese immigrants. Eventually hundreds of thousands of Chinese settled in Thailand. As a result, Thailand is home to the largest community of Chinese people outside of China. Given the long history of Chinese emigration to Thailand, many Thais and Chinese intermarried. The number of Thais with at least some Chinese ancestry numbers in the millions.