Here is a post for Buddhist temples’ lovers.
As you may know, the dominant religion in Thailand is Buddhism, which is an integral part of Thai identity and culture. That is why innumerable Buddhist temples pars the country and especially in Bangkok.
The most famous temples of the capital, which are listed in all the tourist guides, are of course:
Wat Phra Kaew (temple of Emerald Buddha): this temple is located inside the Grand Palace and is the main religious monument in Bangkok.
Take a day to visit quietly all the temples and monuments of this palace and the atttractions around it.
Wat Pho (temple of Reclining Buddha): this temple is located near the Grand Palace.
The temple owes its fame by the huge reclining Buddha (15 metres tall, 46 metres long) located inside a building. The legend said they build first the Buddha then the building around.
Wat Arun (temple of Dawn) – my favorite: this temple is located on the other side of the river. Easy and cheap to take a boat to cross the river from the pier near Wat Pho.
They just renovate it, it looks brand new!!
Best things to do: take a drink at dusk in a bar opposite the temple.
These 3 temples are essential to visit during your stay in Bangkok. However, be aware that they are the famous one, and lot of tourists are visiting them everyday.
In this post, I would like to make you discover a selection of 5 temples in Bangkok which are less known but which really deserve to be seen.
I like this temple because the calm invades you although we are in the center of this noisy city.
2. Wat Intharawihan (temple of the Standing Buddha): located not far from the famous Kao San Road (backpackers roads plenty of bars for those who don’t know), this temple possesses the highest Buddha of Bangkok: 32 meters high!
Difficult to find despite the size of his Buddha, this temple is also know at “Wat In” if you ask the locals.
The chedi of the Wat Saket dominates the city. Don’t be affraid by the 318 steps to climb up the hill: the view is worth seeing!
Beautiful temple to see before (or after) venturing into the teeming streets of Chinatown.
This temple is not big and can be visited quickly before strolling along the Chao Phraya river.
I only list some of the temples of Bangkok, as this city has thousands more or less large, more or less impressive, more or less decorated, more or less maintained.
Do not hesitate to enter in any temple: there are usually free and, from my personal point of view, calm and serenity inside the temple bring me relaxation and inspiration that I can not find anywhere else.
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