No visit to Thailand is complete without visiting its capital, Bangkok. Bangkok is a bustling city with something for everyone, including numerous markets, shopping centres, amazing street food, the famous Khao San Road and numerous temples. There are over 40,700 Buddhist temples in Thailand with at least 400 in Bangkok alone. Therefore, it’s important to prioritize the ones that have the most to offer to ensure you get to experience the Buddhist sacred places of worship for yourself, especially if it’s your first visit to the city.
When visiting Bangkok it is important to choose a centrally located reputable hotel from IHG, especially if you want to visit the temples independently which is easy to do using Bangkok’s many transport options, including the Skytrain, buses, taxis and of course tuk tuk. If you would prefer to take an organised tour, there are plenty available allowing you to see the temples with a dedicated tour guide. So which temples should you visit? Read on for the five you must see.
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Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River you will find the Wat Arun temple, known locally as Wat Chaeng. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the city and can be seen for miles around due to its soaring 70-meter high spire. Entry to the temple is 100 baht.
(Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Located on Rattanakosin Island, south of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho temple is one of the biggest, oldest and most popular temples in Bangkok. Here you will find the famous and impressive 46-meter gold reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images.
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The Wat Traimit temple is famous for its 5-meter high Golden Buddha, the world’s largest Buddha. The temple is located near Hualampong Railway Station, making it extremely accessible. The entrance fee to see the Golden Buddha up close is only 40 baht.
Wat Phra Kaew
(Temple of Emerald Buddha)
Located in the grounds of the Grand Palace, the Wat Phra Kaew temple is considered to be the most sacred temple in Thailand. It is home to the Emerald Buddha, which stands at only 26 inches tall and is sculpted from the semi-precious stone jade rather than actual emerald.
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Often known as the Temple of the Golden Mount, Wat Saket temple is open daily and attracts visitors all year round. Here, you can check out lots of Buddha images, the pagoda and the temple hall plus many other interesting things all for free.
Remember to follow the ‘rules’ of each temple. These include covering shoulders and wearing long trousers, not pointing at anything as it is considered rude, taking your shoes off when instructed and not touching anything, especially a Buddha or image of a Buddha. Stick to these and you’ll be just fine and get to experience some amazing temples in Bangkok.
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- We were happy to write this post in collaboration with IHG.