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

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 Phra Kaew at Grand Palace
Wat Pho

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.

Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Wat Arun

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.

Wat Arun at dusk

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.

1. Wat Benchamabophit (Marble temple): located in Dusit area, North of Grand Palace, this temple is amasing by its architecture and the materials used to build it: marble everywhere.

Wat Benchamabophit
Statue at the entrance of Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Benchamabophit in Dusit district

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!

Wat Intharawihan
Foot of Buddha at Wat Intharawihan
Highest Buddha of Bangkok at Wat Intharawihan

Difficult to find despite the size of his Buddha, this temple is also know at “Wat In” if you ask the locals.

3. Wat Saket (temple of the Golden Mount): this temple is located on an artificial hill which is the highest point of Bangkok.

Wat Saket
Chedi of Wat Saket
Golden Mount at Wat Saket

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!

4. Wat Traimit (temple of the Golden Buddha): located at the entrance of Chinatown area, this temple possesses the biggest and heaviest (5.5 tons) Buddha made of real gold.

Wat Traimit
Statue at Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit in Chinatown

Beautiful temple to see before (or after) venturing into the teeming streets of Chinatown.

5. Wat Yannawa (boat temple): this temple located on the edge of the Chao Phraya river is surprising by the shape of its chedi: a Chinese sailing ship!

Wat Yannawa
Boat shaped Chedi at Wat Yannawa
Wat Yannawa near the Chao Phraya river

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.


Phone  +66 81 817 2562

Baan Chan Condo, Thonglor 20, Sukhumvit 55, Klongon Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
(visit by appointment only)

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Baan Chan Condo, Thonglor 20, Sukhumvit 55, Klongon Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
(visit by appointment only)

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