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Most Beautiful Temples In Bangkok (Updated 2021)

by Mia N
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Bangkok is not only famous for many recreation spots but it’s also known as the home of magnificent religious temples. However, the total number of temples in this city is about 400 so it’s very daunting if you decide to visit all of them.
In this post we are going to list our top 7 temples that you shouldn’t miss when coming to the capital of Thailand.

1. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha)

Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew
  • Location: Na Phralan, Phra Nakorn (inside Grand Palace complex), Old City.
  • Opening hours: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Price range: 400 – 500 baht
  • What’s interesting?
    Wat Phra Kaew is located in the historic center of Bangkok, within the grounds of Grand Palace. The temple is one of the most important temples in Thailand. The Phra Kaew Morakot (The Emerald Buddha) is the Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. It’s a national treasure that is believed to bring prosperity to Thai people. However, no one is allowed near the Emerald Buddha except for HM the King. Besides, there are murals which tell the story of Buddha’s life, historical legends and proverbs of Thailand.
    Of course, you can have a Personal Audio Guide available in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin Russian. But the guide works from 10 am to 2 pm so hurry up if you need one. Another choice is taking a half-day tour either in the morning or afternoon; you’ll be picked up from your hotel and you just have to follow the guide the rest of the tour.
  • How to get there?
    • Taking Chao Phraya Express Boat in Chiang Pier → walk through market around the pier → reach the plaza flanked with old shop-houses → take the long white wall of Grand Palace on your right → the entrance to Grand Palace is the 2nd gate to the wall.
    • From Bangkok Airport: take a taxi or a bus directly to the temple
    • BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin → take exit No.2 in Saphan Taksin station→ find the stairs going to the Sathorn Bridge Pier or Central Pier on the Chao Phraya River → take a boat then a ferry to the temple.
  • Who should visit?
    Everyone especially travelers and tourists who are looking for somewhere to visit within 2 days in Bangkok + Couples, families

2. Wat Arun

Wat Arun
Wat Arun
  • Location: located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier)
  • Opening hours: 8 am – 5:30 pm
  • Price range: 50 baht
  • How to get there?
    • Take a boat across Chao Phraya River from Grand Palace or Wat Pho: walk a few minutes to the Chao Phraya River and from there, many ferries can take you to Wat Arun for only 3 baht.
    • Take the nearest BTS to Saphan Taksin, which is connected to the Chao Phraya Express Boat at Sathorn Pier → take a boat to No.8 Tha Thien Pier → after getting off the boat, take a ferry to the opposite side of the river (3 baht) → Wat Arun is in front of you.
  • What’s interesting?
    This temple is locally known as Wat Chaeng, the temple of Dawn. Yet, it looks really stunning especially at the sunset, when the light is on. The design is literally different from other temples in Bangkok, with colorfully decorated spires. The spire (prang) on the bank of the Chao Phraya River is regarded as one of the world famous landmarks in Bangkok. It is over 70m high and decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain. You are allowed to climb the central spire but it’s tricky though. Inside the temple, there is a golden Buddha image together with lots of murals on the walls.
    Wat Arun is mostly opposite Wat Pho, so you can visit these two temples easily without traveling a far distance.
  • Best time to visit: cool season.

3. Wat Pho (the Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho
Wat Pho
  • Location: Maharat Road, close to the river, near Wat Arun, Old City
  • Opening hours: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Price range: 100 baht
  • How to get there? Wat Pho is on the opposite side of Wat Arun so you’d better follow the directions to Wat Arun mentioned above.
  • What’s interesting?
    Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon) is located behind the Wat Phra Kaew in Grand Palace. This temple is one of the largest temples in the city and it’s famous for a giant reclining Buddha which is 15m tall, 46m long and covered with gold. Otherwise, the destination includes 4 chapels containing 394 Buddha images, golden statues from different parts of Thailand in the lotus position and murals about the history.
    Wat Pho is regarded as the leading massage school in Thailand so it’s great to experience massage service here. If you wish, you can also have an English speaking guide to tell and explain about the temple for you, about 200 – 400 baht depending on how many people in your group.
  • Who should visit?
    Everyone especially people who are going on a few days trip ( 1 or 2 days)

4. Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha)

Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
  • Location: Traimit Road (west of Hua Lamphong station), Chinatown
  • Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Price range: 10 baht for visiting the museum, free for visiting the golden Buddha itself.
  • How to get there? Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat at Sathorn Pier → get off at No.4 Marine Dept Pier → walking 10 – 15 mins from there to Wat Traimit.
  • What’s interesting?
    Wat Traimit is the house of the world’s biggest solid gold Buddha statue, that makes this temple a must-see attraction in Bangkok. The Buddha statue is nearly 5 meters high and 5,5 tons heavy. The Buddha was discovered accidentally while it was being moved under a casing of plaster to prevent it from being stolen during the war with the Burmese. From the outside, tourists can see the giant red Royal Jubilee Gate (Chalermphrakiat), which is the symbol of prosperity of the country.

5. Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount)

Wat Saket
Wat Saket
  • Location: Between Boriphat Rd and Lan Luang Rd, off Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd.
  • Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Price range: free but you have to pay about 10 baht for Golden Mount
  • How to get there? One way is to take the Chao Phra Express Boat at Sathorn Pier → get off at No.9 Maharajl → walking out the pier → take a taxi to Wat Saket (about 100 baht)
  • What’s interesting?
    Wat Saket is popularly known as “Phu Khao Thong”, another oldest temple in Bangkok. Many tourists come here not because of the temple itself but the remarkable landmarks. The main attraction here is the Golden Mount, an 80m high hill topped with a towering chedi. From the chedi, you can have an incredible view across Bangkok. You will have to climb more than 300 steps to get to the top. It’s quite easy as the way is paved but consider if you travel at midday or in hot season.
    Another interesting thing is that every day, Wat Saket hosts an enormous temple fair during Loy Krathong festival usually in November. In temple fair days, tourists are able to witness colorful lanterns, decorative flags, amazing activities, and food vendors.
  • Best time to visit: Probably in November when the Loy Krathong festival is held so that you can join wonderful activities and have a new experience.
  • Who should visit? Everyone especially families, worshippers, solo travelers.

6. Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple in Bangkok)

Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Benchamabophit
  • Location: 69 Rama V Road, Dusit
  • Opening hours: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Price range: about 20 baht
  • How to get there? There is no BTS Skytrain or MRT subway station nearby, so you’d better take a metered taxi directly to Wat Benchamabophit.
  • What’s interesting?
    This temple is undoubted the most beautiful temple in Bangkok. It is covered by Carara Italian marble and designed with three-tiered roofs. At the entrance, a large stone lion is guarding on each side of the temple. The temple is characterized by mosaic floors, golden interior, glass-stained windows, and high gables. Inside, there are 52 local and foreign Buddha images in different poses. You can see a Bodhi tree, a King Rama V’s gift which was bought from God Gaya – where Buddha reached enlightenment.
    The Marble Temple is peaceful and serene, a great place to relax and walk around. For people who want a special experience there, get up early to watch the merit makers presenting alms to the monks from 6 to 6:30. And if you are traveling in the festival seasons, you will have a chance to watch the candlelit procession during Buddhist festivals of Maha Puja in February and Visakha in May.
  • Best time to visit: You can come at any time of the year that you want but we suggest that coming during the festivals time so you can have more special experience there.

7. Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit

Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit
Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit
  • Location: Phra That Rd. (near Sanam Luang Park, between the Grand Palace and the National Museum), Old City
  • Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Price range: 50 baht
  • How to get there? The easiest way is to take Chao Phraya Express Boat to Chang Pier → walk directly away from the pier to the courtyard, the Grand Palace will be in front of you on the right → turn left at the road → walk up Mahathat road about no more than 100m and the Wat will be on your right.
  • What’s interesting?
    Wat Mahathat is the headquarter of Thailand’s largest monastic order and Vipassana Meditation Center. This temple’s one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Visiting Wat Mahathat, you will have your fortune told inside the “wat”. Outside the temple, there are many vendors selling amulets, lucky charms, talismans and traditional medicine which believed to bring luck and ward off evil. You should ask the sellers for the suitable amulets because there are different kinds for different purposes such as restore health, bring money, deal with love, etc.
    Tourists can also attend a Buddhism or meditation class at Wat Mahathat. Some of them are taught in English and classes are held daily from 7:00 – 10:00, 13:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 20:00.
  • Who should visit? Solo travelers or tourists who want to try different experience with Buddhism and Meditation.

Note: dress codes for a temple visit

Although temples in Bangkok are tourist attractions they are also religious places so you have to follow some rules about the dress code for temples in Bangkok:

• For both sexes, cover your shoulders and knees
• Wear longer shorts, pants/trousers or a knee-length-or-longer skirt.
• Wear shirts that cover your shoulders. If you’re wearing a tank top, a scarf worn around the shoulders is acceptable.
• A slip-on pair of shoes is ideal when you have to take off your shoes and leave them at the gate. Sandals are also available but must have a strap around the back. Avoid flip flops or backless sandals.
• If you don’t dress properly, you can borrow something suitable such as pants. But you can’t borrow shoes or sandals.

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