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Bangkok Temples

As Thailand is a Buddhist country, there are a great number of wats (temples) in the country, most of which are interesting for foreigners to visit. Listed below are some large and important temples in Bangkok that are recommended to be included in your itinerary.
However, when visiting a temple, please pay heed to the following: Disrespect towards Buddha images, temples or monks is an offence. Shorts or sleeveless shirts are considered improper dress for both men and women. Ladies must not on any account touch a Buddhist monk, give things direct to him or receive things direct from him. And take off your shoes before entering the main temple.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

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Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River with Arun Amarin Road at its back, it can be reached by boat from Tha Chang Pier near Wat Phra Kaeo or Tha Tian Pier near Wat Pho. Constructed in the 17th century, it is attractive in its striking prangs (a kind of pagoda) which are decorated with millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain.

Its central prang, at a height of 82 metres (20-storey building) is the tallest prang of Thailand. Visitors can climb up to a high level to have a good view of the Chao Phraya River and the nearby surroundings. Anyway, the most beautiful view of it is from the east bank of the river at sunset.
Open Daytime
Buses 19, 57, 83

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
Location : Si Ayutthaya Road near Chitralada Palace

Wat Benchamabophit is one of the most modern works of Thai religious architecture where the relics of King Rama V are enshrined.
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Graceful and tranquil, it is famous for its main chapel built in white Carara Italian marble to house a replica of Thailand's most beautiful Buddha image, Phra Phutthachinnarat.
Open Daytime
Buses 10, 16, 23, 70, 99, 201

Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon or Temple of Reclining Buddha)
Location : Chetuphon Road

Located next to the Grand Palace on the south side, this is the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Wat Pho is well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m long and 15 m high. Besides, it was the first open university of Thailand which used to offer courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, archaeology, astrology and medicine.
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Reclining Buddha

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Wat Pho

Nowadays Wat Pho is famous among foreign visitors for its Thai Traditional Massage School which offers three kinds of massage services namely, body massage, body massage with herbs and foot massage. The massage service opens daily from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. For learning courses, there are three courses, i.e. general Thai massage, therapeutic and healing massage and foot massage.
For more information about the massage services and courses, please call 0 2211 2974 or e-mail

Open Daily, 08.00 to 17.00
Buses 1, 6, 9, 12, 25, 44, 48, 53, 91

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Gold Buddha)
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Location : East end of Yaowarat Road

This temple is well known for its 3-metre tall, 5.5 tonne solid gold Buddha image, constructed over 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from the invading Burmese and was just rediscovered accidentally about 40 years ago.

Open Daytime
Buses 4, 7, 25, 40, 73

Wat Suthat
Location : Bamrung Muang Road
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Wat Suthat is a good place to see the blend of Thai art and Chinese art, the style which flourished in the reign of King Rama III (1824 - 1851). The main features include a 14th century large cast bronze presiding Buddha, the beautiful murals in the main building, and splendid carving door leaves which are replicas of the masterpiece of King Rama II. In front of the temple is the famous Giant Swing, formerly used in an annual Brahman rite in honour of the Hindu God Shiva.

Open Daytime
Buses 10, 12, 19, 35, 42

Wat Ratchabophit
Location: Ratchabophit Road

Located to the south of Wat Suthat, this temple was built in the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910).

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Its striking features are the temple hall and the pagoda which are decorated with five-colour (or benjarong) ceramics. The temple hall is in Gothic style. The doors and windows are elaborately decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay and bas-reliefs.
Open Daytime
Buses 10, 12, 19, 35, 42

Wat Ratchanatdaram
Location : At the corner of Ratchadamnoen Road & Mahachai Road
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This royal temple was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846. It is famous for its Loha Prasat (Metal Castle) standing to the west of the main temple. It is square in shape with 3 storeys and 37 spires, which symbolize 37 qualities contributing to enlightenment in Buddhism. Inside this chedi is enshrined an urn containing relics of the Buddha. Despite its name, there is no metal part in the whole structure except the lightning rods fixed to the pagoda tops. Presently, it is the only one of its kind left in the world. (The two formerly built in India and Sri Lanka were already in ruins.)
Open Daytime
Buses 2, 5, 10, 12, 19, 35, 42, 56, 60, 64, 96, 201

Wat Thepthidaram
Location : Mahachai Road, Next to Wat Ratchanatda
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Wat Thepthidaram was built between 1836 and 1839 by command of King Rama III. The exquisite designs in this temple constitute the four directional Stupas created by court artisans and the mural paintings on the walls of the main temple.

The style of buildings, the decorative patterns with glazed tiles and the Chinese stone dolls all reflect the influence of Chinese architecture.

Open Daytime
Buses 2, 5, 10, 12, 19, 35, 42, 56, 60, 64, 96, 201

Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)
Location : Off Ratchadamnoen Avenue, opposite to Wat Ratchanatda across a canal
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This old temple is well-known for its golden chedi atop the Golden Mount of a height of 77 metres. The artificial hill was created when a large chedi (pagoda) under construction by King Rama III collapsed because of the soft soil underneath. Later King Rama IV commanded the construction of a small chedi on its crest, in which a Buddha relic from India is housed.
Climbing up the stairs to the top of the mount, visitors can have a stunning panoramic view of Rattanakosin Island. Every year in November, a festival is held at Wat Saket which includes a candlelit procession up the Golden Mount.
Open Daytime
Buses 8, 15, 37, 47

Wat Mahathat
Location : Na Phrathat Road

Situated across the street from Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Mahathat was built in the reign of King Rama I and houses one of Thailand's two Buddhist universities. The International Buddhist Meditation Center is also situated in the temple. Those interested in Buddhist meditation can contact the monks in Section 5 of the temple.
In the temple grounds, there is a daily open-air market selling traditional Thai herbal medicine. And on the other side of Maharat Road at the back of the temple, there are rows of vendors selling Buddhist amulets along the footpath.
Open Daytime
Buses 15, 30, 32, 39, 53, 59, 70, 80, 91

Wat Rakhangkositaram

Location: Arun Amarin Road

This old temple formerly named Wat Bangwayai was built in the Ayutthaya period. During the renovation in the reign of King Rama I, a sonorous rakhang or bell was found in the temple compound. The king ordered it to be moved to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and sent five new bells there in exchange, which are now hung on the belfry. The king then changed the temple's name to Wat Rakhangkositaram.

The belfry which is the symbol of the temple, was built in the four-gable style of the early Rattanakosin period. The scripture hall or ho trai consisting of three adjoining buildings has been declared one of the most outstanding examples of Thai architecture.
The ubosot or main chapel in the style of King Rama I 's reign features a three-tiered roof and the murals which were painted by Phra Wanwatwichit, a great artist of the King Rama VI reign
Open Daytime
Buses Buses 19, 57, 83


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