Karatbars and Harald Seiz: Golden Buddha-Statue in Bangkok

Harald Seiz: There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of statues of the Buddha throughout the world. Some are made of stone, weathered by winds and sands. Some are cut from wood, easy to burn and easy to erode. Some still are built from lesser metals, long tarnished and lacking luster. There is one, in the jewel of Thailand, cast in gold, still shining and beautiful after 700 years.

A Long-Lasting Monument

The Golden Statue of Buddha in Bangkok was cast in the 13th century kingdom of Sukhothai, which spread itself over the majority of South-East Asia. This kingdom would become famed for its statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattva during its reign, many of which are now lost to history. It soon grew to become the center of Thai culture, even being credited with the creation of the Thai script and the building of countless temples.

This Golden Age of Thai culture expanded its reach over the region for almost two hundred years, throughout which the Sukhothai accumulated great wealth. In the late 16th century, however, their power broke, and their kingdom collapsed, leaving behind ruins and little else.

Untarnished by Time

Gold, however, lasts. When the kingdom fell apart, someone stuccoed the Golden Buddha over in a brilliant ploy to keep it from being stolen. For 300 years, everyone, including its owners, forgot that it was ever the shining brilliance it once was. It fell into obscurity, even ending up under a tin roof for a few decades.

However, in the 1950s, luck struck the statue, and the makeshift temple it sat in, when, during a renovation of the temple, the ropes holding the Buddha in the air broke, and the precious metal, hidden for so long, shone through from beneath the cracked stucco. Due to this incredible find, the Wat Traimit temple where it lies has grown prosperous, and much larger, to hold the 5500-kilogram statue.

Value Without End

The purity of the statue ranges from 40-95%. Harald Seiz and team strive for much greater consistency at Karatbars. While Karatbars produces items much smaller than 5500 kilograms, the gold is purer. The smaller scale allows for incredible quality and service, increasing value every step of the way. Harald Seiz aims for excellence in life, and he hopes Karatbars can bring a little excellence to yours.

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