Thailand travel: 5 Must-See temples to visit in Bangkok
Thailand is home to over 40,000 centuries old Buddhist temples and some relatively new ones. As they hold a cultural and historical significance in the country, a Thailand travel experience is never without a visit to these holy and stunning architectures.
If you are travelling to Thailand’s capital city, you don’t need to go far because Bangkok is home to a handful of these temples. Spotted usually on the top list of things to do in Bangkok, make your way to some of the must-see temples in the city as we feature them in today’s Thailand travel guide!
Wat Phra Kaew
Start your Bangkok travel itinerary by visiting one of the most popular Thailand attractions!
Built within the Grand Palace grounds, Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most visited temples in Bangkok. Inside you’ll find the Emerald Buddha made of Jade – a significant feature which was first discovered in Chiang Rai in the year 1464.
Other things you'll see in this Bangkok attraction are chedis covered with gold leaves and a two-kilometre long gallery featuring incredible mural paintings illustrating the scenes from Ramayana. Also, don’t forget your cameras and take a photo of the Phra Sri Rattana.
The Wat Phra Kaew is open everyday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and entrance fee cost 500 Baht. Keep in mind that other temples are strict when it comes to clothing attire and you’ll need to wear knee pants or long skirts and shirts that will cover the shoulders. Using flash photography is also prohibited.
Address: Na Phralan, Phra Nakorn (located in the ancient city of the Grand Palace building)
Tel: 623 02 5500
Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha Temple)
Known as the “Temple of the reclining Buddha”, Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple set in the South of the Grand Palace. It features a 15 metre high and 43 metre long Buddha covered with gold leaf and exquisite decorations.
Wat Pho also houses the largest number of pagodas and statues in a Thai temple. Aside from the towering stupas, monasteries and colourful Thai architecture, the place is also great for meditation and Thai massage. Wat Pho is home to Thai massage school Traditional Medical Practitioners Association Centre in a hall right outside the temple.
You can visit this Thailand attraction anytime from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for free. However, the cost of the massage starts at 100 Baht.
Address: Maharat Road, close to the river (800 meters south of the Grand Palace in the Old Town)
Tel: 02 225 9595
Placed on the opposite side of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho is where Wat Arun – Bangkok’s most iconic temple is located. It is also called the “Temple of Dawn” which is made of a central “Prang” with a surrounding four smaller towers covered with faience.
Early morning visit to the palace is peaceful and very quiet while it is a sparkling beauty at night time. You can come here between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Address: Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier)
Tel: 891 02 2185
Jinshan Temple is one of Bangkok’s most loved temples. It has a golden stupa which preserves the monks’ relics and attracts tourists from across the globe. The history of this temple dates back to AD 1350 – 1767 and was renovated during King Rama V’s reign (1782 – 1809).
You can come and visit the Jinshan Temple from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Address: Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, Ratchadamnoen Klang Roadside
Tel: 224 02 8807
Temple of the Golden Buddha
Although not as famous as the other Bangkok attractions, make your way to the Temple of the Golden Buddha to complete your Thailand travel adventure.
The Temple of the Golden Buddha is considered the oldest temple with 800 to 900 years of rich history. It houses a five metre high and five and a half ton gold seated Buddha – the largest in the world. The Golden Buddha was actually discovered by accident when it was dropped on the ground revealing a stunning gold Sukhothai Buddha.
Address: Chakkwang Road, Chanchaengkhram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200
Often featured in Thailand travel guides, each of the temples is created with great history and story which makes them interesting sites to visit when you are in the Land of Smiles. To know about other things to do in Thailand, take a look at Travel 141’s travel guides!
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