Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand and one of the most visited cities. It was named World’s Best City consecutive years. As the main gateway through which visitors arrive in Thailand, Bangkok is visited by the majority of international tourists to the country.
Bangkok’s diverse sights, attractions and city life, it appeals to different groups of tourists. One of the major attractions in the city are the Buddhist temples with major historical and cultural significance to the country and its people.
Below the major and top 14 must see temples in Bangkok:
- Wat Phra Kaew, also known as The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is regarded as the most sacred temple for Buddhist in the country. It houses the statue of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s palladium, made of a semi-precious green stone and clothed in gold.
- Wat Arun, also known as The Temple of Dawn. Coined as the most photographed temple in Thailand, a Buddhist temple is on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It has existed since the 17th century but the distinctive prang or spires were built in the early nineteenth century. The main feature of Wat Arun is the central prang which is adorned with colourful porcelain. The corners are surrounded by four smaller pranks that are decorated by seashells and porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats from China.
- Wat Pho, also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The complex houses the largest image collection of Buddha in Thailand and the most iconic is the 46 meters long reclining Buddha that draws tourists. Can be seen here are marble illustrations and inscriptions for public instructions.
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– Bangkok City and Temples Tour
– Grand Palace Tour and Emerald Buddha Tour
– Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Chao Phraya River Tour
- Wat Suthat Thepwararam, better known for the red Giant Swing. It features an elegant chapel with a sweeping roof, magnificent wall murals and exquisite hand-carved teakwood door panels. This temple contains the Buddha image Phra Sri Shakyamuni. At the lower terrace of the base, there are 28 Chinese pagodas which symbolise the 28 Buddhas born on this earth.
- Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan, known in short as Wat Prayun. It features a large inverted bell-shaped chedi, turtle mountain housing spirit houses, and a pond where visitors can feed the turtles.
- Wat Saket, The Golden Mount, was built on top of a high hill in the old city of Bangkok. The first attempt of construction failed and the chedi collapsed because of the soft ground and the construction was abandoned. The golden chedi you see today is actually built on the remains of the original one. In the top terrace, wherein you need to walk up 300 steps, you’ll be amazed by the chedi or pagoda containing the relic of Buddha brought from India.
- Wat Traimit, The Golden Buddha, is an elegant, multilevel, white-and-gold
temple located at the very beginning of Yaowarat Road, making it a perfect starting point for a Chinatown exploration. The main attraction of Wat Traimit is not only its beautiful architecture but the immense Buddha made of solid gold seated inside, the largest of this kind in the world.
- Wat Benjamabhopit, The Marble Temple, it embody the Thai’s ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs and elaborate finials.
- Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan, Loha Prasat which means iron castle or iron monastery, have five towers, of which the outer, middle and the center towers contain large black iron spires.The 37 virtues that are required to reach enlightenment are signified by 37 golden spires. The 36-meter-high multi-tiered structure consists of 3 levels, the bottom one has 24 spires, the middle one 12 and the top level has 1 spire.
- Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class in Bangkok. It is used for royal ceremonies thanks to its strategic location between the Grand Palace and the Royal Palace.
- Wat Chana Songkhram, an old monastery that became a center of Mon sect of Buddhism. Today, it is a royal monastery.
- Wat Suwannaram, a rarely-visited temple in Thonburi, not far from the Royal Barges Museum. It houses a collection of original, early-19th-century exquisite murals by famous historic artists Thong Yu and Pae Khong.
- Wat Thepthidaram, a temple in the inner area of the Rattanakosin. The architecture has strong Chinese features such as a gable decorated with glazed ceramics.
- Wat Ratchapradit, is diminutive and striking that belongs to the Thammayut Nikai Buddhist sect.
Fees to enter and explore the different temple complex varies. Cost of entrance ticket ranges from 20 Baht to 200 Baht. Some can be visited for free.
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Make the most of your visit in Bangkok by enjoying other activities in the city! Check out Klook’s list of things to do, here. If you are into sightseeing and tours, choose what interest you the most here.
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