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Top 5 Bangkok’s Most Beautiful Temple Architectures!

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As a town with a unique mix of Hinduism and Buddhism culture, Bangkok is the perfect place to have temple tours. There are a lot of incredibly beautiful temples located in Bangkok. Moreover, the rich history of these temples are really worth learning. So what are the interesting temples in Bangkok? Here are 5 temples you should visit:

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 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!


  1. Makes me want to go back to Bangkok! Haha. Did not visit any temples in maiden trip but did see Wat Arun from far away. Amazing structure.

  2. Fascinating and amazing post, Shirley! Thank you so much for sharing, dear friend. Hugs.

  3. I didn't know there were so many temples in Bangkok. I always admired Buddhist temples (via TV) and I really hope I will be able to see one in person some day. Thank you for taking the time to write about these five temples. I would love to visit them all.

  4. Love this post. I am an architecture nerd and always want to see special sites when travelling. Thailand isn't on the cards just yet but I'll make notes for when I do visit Bangkok


  5. Beautiful pic thanks for the helpful information.

  6. Been to all these wats, and they sure hold lots of history and significance.

  7. I would like to visit Bangkok again!!!!
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  8. I would love to visit Thailand and see all of these in person!

  9. The link would be useful for those visiting Bangkok to book hotels and flights. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I wish I had more time when I was in Bangkok. I visited two of these but I wish I could see all of them!
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  11. Great post Shirley! Bangkok is certainly a vibrant city.

  12. I'd love to visit Thailand one day---many spots in Asia are on my wish list. Hubby is not so interested, so I might need to arrange a girls' trip! Thanks for sharing these temples---I want to see them all!

  13. I love Bangkok's architecture. We studied them once in art history and i really love it! I want to visit them someday :)

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  14. Hope to visit it someday. Thanks for the guide.

  15. Nice! I really need to get my traveling bag out. It's collecting dust!

  16. i still havent been to bangkok!

    1. You serious? It's so near. Hahaha! I'm surprise. xoxo

  17. Amazing photos darling.. i would like to visit this pkace.

  18. One of my favorite temples is Wat Ben or the Marble Temple. I love the serene atmosphere there :-)

  19. Ahhhhhhhh sold, 100% sold! Would love tho visit Thailand one day, Shirley. Happy new week, babe.

  20. I wish I could visit Bangkok!


  21. I never stay in this city
    Wonderful post

  22. Your descriptions of the various temples are really good making one want to revisit Bangkok.

  23. Wat po and Wat arun are my favourite

  24. Surely a must visit
    I love your description too


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