1. Emerald Buddha Temple ( Wat Phra Kaew )
Emerald Buddha Temple, locally known as Wat Phra Kaew, is considered the most important and holiest temple in Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew is different from other temples because it does not have rooms for the monks. There are only pagodas filled with a statue of Buddha here.
The Buddha Statue that resides in Wat Phra Kaew is considered to be the holiest statues in Thailand. Not a single person but only the King of Thailand is allowed to touch the statue. The King is tasked with changing the statue’s clothes.
To visit Wat Phra Kaew, you must dress politely with trousers, because there will be officers to check on what you wearing. If they deemed your dressing not polite enough, you will be directed to a place to borrow a long cloth from the temple.
2. Temple of Dawn ( Wat Arun )
Who doesn’t love the sight of a nightfall? The dusk is a perfect time to relax and indulge yourself in its beauty. In Bangkok, there is a magnificent temple named Wat Arun that’s been nicknamed as the Temple of Dawn. The stunning panoramic beauty of Wat Arun increased thousand folds when viewed with a red touch of the dusk.
As the oldest temple in Bangkok, Wat Arun is also the most popular among tourists. The building of Wat Arun that resembles Mount Meru is filled with decorations made of Chinese porcelains and a flawlessly assembled glass mosaic. The 70-meter high monument in the center has also contributed in Wat Arun’s status as one of the most famous landmarks in the entire world.
Wat Arun is located at the side of Thonburi, right opposite the Rattanakosin Island where the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are. If you want to visit Wat Arun, you can go via the Chao Phraya Express Boat from Sathorn Pier ( Saphan Taksin BTS Station ) to Tha Tien Pier. Following that, take a small shuttle boat to Chao Phraya.
3. Wat Pho
If you want to visit the biggest temple in Thailand, then you should visit Wat Pho. The Wat Pho temple has the biggest Buddha statue with a laying down pose. The Laying Buddha Statue inside is coated in gold; 46 meters in width and 15 meters in height.
The complex around Wat Pho is an institution to learn traditional Thai Massage. Besides exploring Wat Pho temple, you can also enjoy Thai Massage from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.
Wat Pho is located in Mahara Road that can be reached by Chao Phraya Express Boat. Get down in Tha Tien Pier and walk a little bit across Tha Tien Market. If you are just visiting the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is reachable from there within 10 minutes on foot.
4. Ton Gold Buddha ( Wat Traimit )
Just like its name, the Wat Traimit temple has a huge Buddha statue made of solid gold weighing around 5.5 tons. This statue has a unique history whereby the statue itself is coated in thick clay so that it won’t be stolen by foreign entity that’s occupying Thailand at that time. For a very long period, the modern people of Thai have no idea what’s really inside the clay statue till it was accidentally dropped one day while being moved and everybody discovered what’s inside the statue!
Wat Traimit is located around China Town at the end of Yowarat Pecian Road, near the Api Hualampong train station.
5. Wat Saket
If you love traveling to mountains, Wat Saket may be your kind of place. Wat Saket is a temple that’s built on the highest hill in Bangkok. To visit Wat Saket, you need to climb 300 stairs. Not only you will get to enjoy the fascinating view of the temple, but also the beautiful panoramic view of Bangkok.
You can reach Wat Saket by heading to the road between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road off Ratchadamnoen.
Easy, right? Let’s book your flight and cheap Bangkok hotels at http://www.traveloka.com/en-sg/hotel/thailand/region/bangkok-10000045 to visit all those beautiful temples! Remember to bring your gadgets or journals with you so you can write down your journey. Last but not least, don’t forget to capture the pictures in those charming temples!