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Buddhist Temples of Bangkok – One of the Most-Visited Tourist Attractions in the World

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Bangkok is presently the most-visited city in the world. The city is filled with numerous tourist attractions that can keep you engaged. One of the major attractions of Bangkok is its Buddhist temples. There are score of these architectural gems dotted all over the city. Each one has its own appeal and a history to go with it. Just walk into these temples if you come across one, and you will not be disappointed. The intricate craftsmanship coupled with the serenity of these temples is truly a sight to behold. Here is a list of the top 10 Buddhist temples in Bangkok that must feature in your to-see list.

 

  1. Wat Suthat Thep Wararam
Wat Suthat Thep Wararam

Wat Suthat Thep Wararam is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok which, by a royal decree, is one of the only 10 royal temples of the first grade in the city. The construction of this temple was started in 1807 by King Rama and was completed by King Rama III forty years later — in 1847. The image of Lord Buddha in this temple is known as Phra Sri Sakyamuni and it was brought here from the Sukothai province. An interesting feature of this temple is 28 Chinese pagodas, signifying 28 Buddhas born on this earth.

 

  1. Wat Ratchanatdaram
Wat Ratchanatdaram

The Buddhist temple Wat Ratchanatdaram is located at the junction of Th Maha Chai and Ratchadamnoen Klang in the Phra Nakhon district. The name of the temple translates to the Temple of the Royal Niece, as this temple was commissioned in 1846 by King Nangklao, Rama III, for Somanass Waddhanawathy, the princess granddaughter. Wat Ratchanatdaram is also known as Loha Prasat, or metal palace, as it has 37 metal spires symbolizing 37 virtues toward enlightenment as denoted in Buddhism.

 

  1. Wat Ratchapradit
Wat Ratchapradit

Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram Rajaworavihara, popularly called Wat Ratchapradit, is located on Th Khlong Ku Muang Derm near Saranmon Park. The construction of this temple was commissioned by King Rama IV in 1864. During the time of its completion, the Wat Ratchapradit was the first and only temple of the Dhammayutika sect. The temple has 8 stone pillars,  each topped by a Dhammachakra — the Wheel of Law. The temple decoration is highly ornate, making it one of the most beautiful temples in the Thai capital.

 

  1. Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, or simply Wat Mahathat, is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. By a royal decree, this temple is one of the 10 royal temples in Bangkok of the highest class. The temple was built during the Ayutahaya period when it was known by the name of Wat Salak. When the capital of the kingdom was moved to Bangkok, the position of the temple became very strategic, as it was right next to the Grand palace. It was thus used for various royal ceremonies. The temple complex also houses the Vipassana Meditation Center and the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

 

  1. Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Benchamabophit

Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The name of the temple literally translates to ‘the Temple of the fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace’. Also known as the Marble Temple, the Wat Benchamabophit is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful temples in the Thai capital, reflecting the typical construction style of stepped roofs, high gables, and ornate finials. The temple was completed in 1911 after a 12-year construction. There is liberal use of marble in the temple in the courtyard, pillars, and lion statues at the entrance gates.

 

  1. Wat Saket
Glowing dome of Wat Saket in the Bangkok skyline

The Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, or simply the Wat Saket, is one of the most popular Buddha Temples in the city of Bangkok. The temple is also known by the names Golden Mount and Phu Khao Thong. It is one of the oldest temples in the city with its origins dating back to the Aytutthaya era. It went through major renovations in the late 18th century during the reign of King Rama I. The temple houses a relic of Lord Buddha. Wat Saket — identified with its golden dome and spire — is on a manmade hill and visitors have to climb 300 steps to get to the temple.

 

  1. Wat Traimit
Gold Buddha inside Wat Traimit

The Wat Traimit, or Golden Buddha Temple, is located in the Chinatown area near the Hua Lampong Railway Station in Bangkok. The official name of the temple is Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon. The highlight of this temple is its pure gold Buddha that attracts tourists and devotees from all across the globe. The 15 ft high idol was listed as the ‘sacred object with the highest intrinsic value’ by the Guiness Book of Records, valuing it at over 50 million USD. There is an exhibition in the temple that traces the making of the idol to its final abode at this temple shrine.

 

  1. Wat Arun
Wat Arun

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, or simply Wat Arun, is a Buddhist temple and one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Bangkok. It is named after the Hindu god Arun — the Sun god. The temple is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The easiest way to reach the temple is to take a ferry across the river from the pier which is a short walk from the Grand Palace. Although the exact date of the construction of this temple is not known, it is believed to have been constructed in the 17th century.

 

  1. Wat Pho
Reclining Buddha inside Wat Pho

Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, or simply Wat Pho, is one of the most popular Buddhist temples and one of the major tourist attractions in Bangkok. The temple is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as it has a 46 meter long reclining Buddha idol inside it. This temple also has the largest number of Buddha statues in the country. The original temple at this site was established before the founding of the city of Bangkok. It was reestablished by King Rama I in 1788 and then went through several renovations and expansions over the centuries, especially in the mid 19th century by King Rama III. The temple is considered to be the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage.

 

  1. Wat Phra Kaew
Emerald Buddha inside Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, popularly known as the Wat Phra Kaew and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country of Thailand. It houses the Emerald Buddha — a small Buddha idol made of jade — that is considered the most sacred Buddha image in the country. The idol was discovered in Chiang Mai and was moved to its present location during the rule of King Rama I. Wat Phra Kaew is located in the Grand Palace complex and is one of the top tourist attractions in the city.

Originally posted 2017-06-20 05:58:24.

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