More than 41,000 temples (Wat) in Thailand, around 400 in Bangkok. Colorful temples, and architectural styles. For Thai people, temples are not only beautiful but are important in everyday life. the most sacred temple is the Grand Palace. The Wat Pho, Wat Suthat, Wat Arun are some of the more important in Bangkok. Here are the temples to visit.
The Grand Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
The landmark of the country, hold the 2000 years old small emerald Buddha image most sacred and revered in Thailand. The Grand Palace was a royal residence of King Rama 1 (1782) to King Rama 5 (1925), nowadays still used for royal ceremonies including the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn – Rama X of Thailand, which took place in the throne room of the Grand Palais, and state functions.
Entrance 500 baht
How to Go There
MRT blue ligne Sanam Chai station is close to Museum Siam, exit 1, and the Wat Pho
Express boat Tha Chang pier 9, small riverside market
Strict Dress Code. Shoulder covered, Pants, shirt or T-shirt with sleeves, no tight-fitting trousers, no ripped jeans, no flip-flop (exception), no sportswear.
- Be aware that most of the temples the dress code is required.
Very busy, but not miss
08.30 – 15.30
Wat Pho University and Reclining Buddha
Very Close to the Grand Palace is one of the oldest and largest temple, older than the city, is where you can see the impressive 46 meters Reclining Buddha statue covered in gold leaf. It’s better to visit in the evening or early morning, very busy In the afternoon. The First University of Thailand became a center for the study of traditional Thai medicine. A Bodhi tree close to the housing is a descendant of the tree from Bodhgaya in India, where Buddha reached enlightenment.
Take your time, It’s a pleasure to walk around, pagodas and different pavilions with 1000 Buddha images. Wat Pho is well-known for the school of traditional massage, a number of people are coming from around the world to take the class. You can get one Massage. 260 baht /30 minutes 420/hour.
Entrance 100 baht. Free for children not over 120cm
08.00 – 18.30
Wat Traimit Temple of golden Buddha
Close From Hualampong MRT railway station exit 1. A short walk toward Chinatown you will meet the impressive world’s largest solid gold Buddha, 800 years old. 83% pure gold, 5 tons, 4 meters high and 3.13 meters wide. Price value 40 million US dollars.
Entrance 40 baht
Chinatown Heritage Center
On the second floor is the small but instructive and entertaining museum with details of the Chinese migration history to Thailand. Use of hi-tech displays, good audio, life-size models, photos. A perfect approach to your Chinatown walk.
Fee 100 baht
Open 08.00 – 17.00
Wat Intharawihan Temple of the standing Buddha
32 meters tall and 10 meters in width, the image is made of brick and stucco. Started to build in 1867, completed in 1927. The topknot contains relics found in Sri Lanka, which were a gift from the government. In 1982, Bangkok celebrated its 200 years founding, the image was restored and decorated with Italian golden 24 K mosaics tiles. Is believed to possess the power of blessing devotees with success. Every day Buddhist people visit the temple to make offerings at the feet of the statue. There is a stairway up to to the side of the supporting structure but is rarely open, when it is you can go up to the Buddha’s shoulders and get an interesting view.
To Get There
Express boat to quay Rama VIII 14, from where it is about 700 meters on foot. Walk up the small street to Samsen Road. Turn left and walk towards the ramp-up to the bridge. Crossing and under the ramp, then turn right to go onto Wisut Kasat Road. The temple entrance is on the left.
From Tewet pier (15).
Walk along Krung Kasem Road and past the interesting Tewet Garden Market. Once you reach Samsen Road, turn right. There is a small Thai arch marking the entrance, via a very narrow alley which will give you an interesting understanding of how people used to live in Bangkok.
Bang Khun Phrom Palace
Amateur of banknotes and coins, don’t go away from the Bang Khun Phrom Palace, now the offices of the Bank of Thailand. Was a former royal residence until the Siamese revolution of 1932. Received the Architectural Conservation Award in 1993. It is now the Houses of the Bank of Thailand Museum
Monday to Friday, except holidays, 09:00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00
Please Bring your passport
Dress code, No photo
Address. 273 Samsaen road
Wat Suthat and giant red swing (outside the temple)
Supposed to be the center of the capital at the time of Rattanakosin, the swing has been nicknamed “the navel of the city”. The red swing was used to celebrate the Bhrama new year. A team of men invoking Shiva blessing by riding the arch massive swing, 25 meters high in the air trying to grasp bags full of silver and gold placed on one of the pillars. because of several fatalities1935 was the last year of this tradition. Built-in 1784, the time has done its work the swing has been renovated several times, the last one in 2007. Wat Suthat is one of the ten first-class Royal temples. Beautiful ornate frescoes, wooden carved doors and 28 Chinese pagodas representing the 28 Buddhas born on earth.
Open 09.00 – 16.00
Entrance 100 baht
Dress code required
Address. Bamrung Muang Road, close to the Grand Palace. Walking or tuk-tuk
Wat Saket ‘Phu Khao Thong” Temple of the golden mountain
called Wat Sakae during the period of Ayutthaya, it is King Rama 1 who gave him the current name. A chedi was built at the request of King Rama 3 (1787-1851) but due to the subsidence of the ground, this one ended up collapsing. All work was abandoned and over the years the brick and mud structure eventually took the shape of a hill. The premises named it Phu Khao (both mean mountain, the first is used in the North East, the second in the Centre and the South of the country). A small chedi was then built by King Rama 4 and completed under the reign of Rama 5. The concrete walls date from 1940 In order to prevent erosion. the Wat that we visit nowadays was built at the beginning of the 20th century in Carrara marble. On the late 18th century the temple was where the cremations took place and today at its base invaded by nature is a cemetery where the ashes of the victims of the plague at this period are buried, and this is how the surrounding area then took the name of “ghost Gate“.
80-meter high, easy to locate, on the main avenue Ratchadamnoen. 344 steps to climb to the gilded stupa (chedi), was for several years the highest point in Bangkok, nice view. Buddhist relic from Kapilavastu ancient city in Nepal where the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama lived until the age of 29.
The Best time to visit, early morning, peaceful and cooler and evening for the sunset
Entrance 50 baht
07.30 – 17.30
Klong Saen Saeb Longtail boat Golden Mount station
Wat Benchamabophit the marble temple
Means the temple of the monastery of the fifth King, Wat Benchamabophit is where the ashes of the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5) reside. Close to Ratchadamnoen road, In the Dusit district, the white Italien Carrara marble is not much visited by foreigners. Surrounded by ministries and Vimamek Mansion. A festival of colors, the photographers will be delighted.
It may be an opportunity to visit and learn about the different gestures and styles of Buddha. More than 50 Buddha images behind the Ubosoth, which is the holiest prayer room, also called “ordination room” as to the fact that it is the place where ordinations take place.
Open. 08.00 – 17.00
Entrance 20 baht
To go There
BTS Phaya Thai station, exit 3 then a taxi or a tuk-tuk
Take the boat to Hualampong on the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, get off at Ratchadamnoen Nok pier. Walk towards Ananta Throne Hall where you will meet the Si Ayutthaya, take a right. The temple is at the intersection of Rama 5.
Vimanmek Royal Teak Mansion closed
The mansion has been demolished
I hope this will be useful to you in planning your next trip to Bangkok. If you have any questions, I will be happy to help you out.
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