Must Visit Temples in Bangkok
Thai temples or “Wats” encompasses the Thai in everyday life. Capture the Buddhism that it is; explore the must visit temples in Bangkok and take a glimpse of its religious rites, cultural history, schools, statues and arts.
Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit Temple
Built before the city was founded in 1782, the temple is listed as one of the royal temples in Bangkok, where the mother of King Rama IX practice meditation and shared it through her son, King Rama IX. This meditation temple is also the first Buddhist University in the country, the Maha Chulalongkorn Raja Vidyalaya University, which houses hundreds of Monks studying the teachings of Buddha. Learn about meditation and practice mindfulness with expert Buddhist monks.
Wat Pho, a name derived after the monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived, is one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. This temple is known as “The Temple of the Reclining Buddha”, that houses 46 meter long golden reclining Buddha. The reclining Buddha signifies, Mahaparinirvana, during his last moments of illness.
The temple also houses the highly notable massage school; teaching and preserving the traditional Thai massage and medicine since 1955. Visit and have a full traditional Thai massage or learn short and long term massage courses.
Wat Arun, a Buddhist Temple known as the Temple of Dawn, is located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya). The Phra Prang (tower), intricately covered in tiny pieces of colourful Chinese ceramic stood stunningly on a part of the complex, along with buildings, pavilion and shrines. The interior of the boht (ordination hall) has a golden Buddha statue, detailed with strikingly intricate murals.
Climb on the steep stairs of the main prang, leading to the top of Wat Arun and experience the peaceful calm view of Mae Nam Chao Phraya.
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of Emerald Buddha, is in the complex of Grand Palace. It is the most notable and sacred temple in Thailand that houses the Emerald Buddha, that is carved out in a block of jade. The robe of Emerald Buddha are changed by the King of Thailand thrice a year during a formal ritual, signifying Thailand’s three seasons—hot, cool and wet.
Taking photos is forbidden inside the temple.
Wat Traimi houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statues. It was presumed that the Gold Buddha statue was originally covered with plaster to conceal it from invading Burmese.
The statue was said to be discovered beneath stucco and plaster when it accidentally fell while being moved within the temple complex. Wat Traimit, is also the home to Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn Exhibition, which depicts how the statue is created, discovered and arrived on Wat Traimit; and Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center, which shows an engaging museum of the Chinese Community in Bangkok.
Visit temples in Thailand, and discover a vivid details of its past, standing the test of time. Plan your trip now.