Sometimes missing the target works out fine. Bangkok is known for its beautiful and important wats (buddhist temples), and our plan was to visit Wat Pho, the home of a famous 150-foot reclining Buddha. On the way we saw a beautiful golden tower in the distance, and decided to detour.
As it turns out, we stumbled into $218,000,000 worth of gold! The Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit, weighing in at five tons (4,500 kg), is the world’s largest golden statue, and with the price of gold at $1360/oz, that’s almost a quarter of a billion dollars, give or take a few million.
In addition to being seriously valuable, and very sacred, it has a wonderful history. In 1957 an old stucco statue was being moved from a storeroom by a crane. You see this coming of course. The statue was accidentally dropped, chipping off a piece of plaster, exposing the gold underneath! I bet the monks busted a move that night.