20 Temples in Bangkok That Are All About Architectural Grandeur
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Bangkok City & Temples Tour

Bangkok Temples

Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Saket, Wat Traimit, Wat Mahathat, Wat Bowonniwet, The Erawan Shrine, Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara, Wat Prayoon and many more. 

A visit to Thailand is definitely incomplete without visiting the exquisite temples in Bangkok. These beautiful temples form a very significant part of the traditions and culture of the people of Thailand. There are more than 400 temples or Wats across Bangkok alone and each one of them is unique in its architecture, history and cultural significance. Each has its own story to tell and the experience alone is worth the visit.

A Thai Wat or Temple mostly comprises of an ordination hall, the Chedi or Pagoda, the Viharn or learning center and a library. Of the many famous Bangkok temples, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and Wat Saket should top your bucket list. The Wats are architectural marvels built usually in pagoda styles with Buddha in various sizes and poses and offer stunning sunset views and picture-perfect backdrops your Instagram pictures!

Here is a list of the best temples in Bangkok:

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Wat Phra Kaew

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One of the most significant and most visited temples in Bangkok is the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Located within the Grand Palace Grounds, this Temple’s most important feature is the Emerald Buddha exquisitely carved from a block of jade. The most important ritual held here is the seasonal change of cloak covering the Emerald Buddha which corresponds to the summer, winter and rainy season and performed only by the King.

Location:
Na Phralan, Phra Nakorn, Old City

Opening hours:
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Price:
500 Baht

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Wat Pho

Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is the largest temple complex in Bangkok featuring 46 meters long reclining Buddha decorated with gold leaves and the mother of pearls. Wat Pho is also home to the traditional Thai massage and is considered as the most prominent school of Thai massage in Thailand. The Wat has four chapels and a long line of golden Buddhas. 

Location:
Maharat Road. Old City

Opening Hours:
Daily 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price:
100 Baht

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Wat Arun

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Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn with its fine craftsmanship and unique architecture makes it one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok. The intricately decorated spires stand majestically on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The majestic ordination hall has a golden statue of Lord Buddha and beautiful details murals decorating the walls. The breathtaking view from the top of the central prang is really worth the climb.

Location:
West side of Chao Phraya River. 

Opening hours:
Daily 8:00 AM to 17:30 PM

Price:
50 Baht

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Wat Saket

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Wat Saket is built on a man-made hill and it houses a relic of Lord Buddha and it is a popular pilgrimage spot for believers across Thailand. The most unique feature of this Temple is the grand Fair held in November each year celebrating the ceremonial worship of the Buddha relic. The temple is beautifully decorated with lanterns and flags, there are food vendors and fun rides as well. 

Location: Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road

Opening hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free

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Wat Traimit

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Wat Traimit is one of the most popular Bangkok Temples featuring a six-ton Buddha statue made of solid gold which was earlier disguised from invading forces by covering it in stucco and plaster. This is the largest golden statue in the world. The Temple complex also houses the Bangkok Chinatown Heritage Center, a small museum displaying the original plasters and the story of the origin of the Golden Buddha statue. 

Location: Mittaphap Thai-China Road, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong.

Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price:
50 Baht

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Wat Mahathat

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Wat Mahathat is an important learning center of Buddhism and Vipassana Meditation Center. This is one of the oldest royal temples in Bangkok and built to house a relic of the Buddha. This temple is also one of the most important and significant temples for the Thai people. Every Sunday an amulet market is held near the temple where various religious trinkets and amulets are sold. Each is used for different purposes. 

Location:
Phra That Road, Old City.

Opening hours:
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free.

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Wat Bowonniwet

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Wat Bowonniwet is one of the most important Bangkok Temples due to its religious significance and its long-standing connections with the Royal Court. Many Thai Kings have been ordained here gaining this beautiful temple major patronage by the Chakri Dynasty.

The Wat features a beautiful ordination hall with intricate carvings on the doorways and windows. There are many rare statues of Buddha most of which are believed to be molded in the mid-1300s. 

Location: 248 Phrasumen Road, Old City

Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free

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The Erawan Shrine

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The Erawan Shrine houses the Phra Phrom which is the Thai interpretation of the Hindu God, Brahma and it is popular with Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs alike. It is located in the commercial hub of Bangkok and there are free traditional dance performances held regularly. These dancers are mainly hired by worshipers to offer thanks to answered prayers and offer prayers to the Almighty.

Location:
Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330

Opening  hours:
6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free.

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Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara

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Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara with its unique architectural splendor is one of the most visited temples in Bangkok. The temple is a multi-storeyed square construction of 37 metal spires that represent the 37 virtues to enlightenment. This one of a kind metal temple houses a golden seated Buddha surrounded by beautiful murals and carvings. The alleys created by the pillars make for a pleasurable walk. 

Location:
Maha Chai Road | Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon

Opening hours:
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Price:
50 Baht

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Wat Prayoon

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Wat Prayoon sits majestically on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River and its most unique features are the large white inverted bell-shaped pagoda, the turtle mountain made from molten candles and the pond which houses turtles. The turtle mountains house several spirit houses which are dedicated to the deceased and features a mix of Western and Eastern architecture. 

Location: 24 Prajadhipok Rd, Khwaeng Wat Kanlaya, Khet Thon Buri, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600

Opening hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free.

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Wat Benjamabophit (Wat Benja)

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This exquisite marble temple is one of the most beautiful temples and also unusual in several ways. The ‘T’ shaped ordination hall is covered on the outside by authentic Italian marbles. The altar itself and the statue of the Buddha is one of the most beautiful in Thailand. Every Buddha image in this Bangkok temple is different. The Bodhi Tree behind the cloister was brought from Bodh Gaya as a gift for King Chulalongkorn. 

Location:
69 Rama V Road, Dusit

Opening hours:
8:00 Am to 5:00 PM

Price:
20 Baht

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Wat Suthat

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Wat Suthat is one of the most impressive and oldest temples in Bangkok. The Temple is famous for its red Giant Swing at the entrance and the impressive interiors of the main chapel. The Temple has four intricately hand carved entry gates and 158 Buddha images. The main chapel details the 24 incarnations of Buddha depicted in Western-style painting techniques. The outer walls are lined with Chinese stone sculptures. 

Location:
Bamrung Muang Road, Old City, opposite Bangkok City Hall

Opening hours:
8:30 Am to 9:00 PM

Price:
20 Baht

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Wat Bowonniwet Vihara

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Wat Bowonniwet Vihara is one of the ten Royal Temples in Bangkok and the main center of the Dhammayuttika Nikaya, an order of Theravada Buddhism which was founded by King Mongkut. The Temple complex has an ordination hall, a 50-meter high golden chedi, a library, royal residences, a Bodhi tree and living quarters for monks. The ordination hall houses two golden Buddha images. 

Location:
248 Phra Sumen Rd, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200

Opening hours:
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free

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Wat Kalayanamitr

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Wat Kalayanamitr is best for those looking for some tranquil time and relaxed exploration. Located on the western banks of the River Chao Phraya, this beautiful temple houses an enormous golden seated Buddha in the main chapel and its colorfully tinted roof against whitewashed walls is a beautiful sight to behold. The Wat also has the largest Buddhist libraries in Bangkok. 

Location:
New Arun Amarin Road, Khwaeng Wat Kanlaya, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600

Opening hours:
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free

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Wat Yannawa

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Wat Yannawa is a beautiful temple built in the shape of a Chinese junk vessel. Wat Yannawa also is known as Boat Temple is a 3rd Class Royal Temple and also one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Two beautiful white pagodas have been built in the place of masts of the Boat Temple. In the back, there is a room filled with magnificent Buddha images for people to offer prayers.

Location: 
40 Charoen Krung Rd, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120

Opening hours:
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price:
Entrance is free.

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Wat Bowon Niwet

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This temple is dedicated to the Thammayut sect of Buddhism. This temple is known as one of the most important temples for the Thailand Royal family as well as the country’s citizens. The structure of the building has tremendous temple architecture as well as design that draws direct influence from the Chinese temples.

One of the major attractions of the temple is the Green Stone Buddha, which is believed to date back to 6th – 13th Century. There is also a 12,000-pound golden Buddha situated
within the temple complex, which was once covered with plaster, to save it from plunderers. However, the plaster broke away later and the Golden Buddha was revealed.

Location: Phra Sumen Road | Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Timing: 6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
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Wat Benjamabophit

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Also known as Wat Benja, this majestic temple is known for its elegant Italian marble exteriors, its beautiful marble courtyard, and the two grand lions that guard the main entrance of the main hall.

Some of the most attractive features of this elegant temple are its Buddha statue, luxurious interiors, and paintings of various prominent Thai Stupas. There are also 52 statues of Buddha in the courtyard just outside the main hall. Apart from attracting endless devotees on a regular basis, this is also one of the most frequented Bangkok temples for tourists from around the world. A visit to this temple is best enjoyed early in the morning when the monks peacefully line up in front of the main hall.

Location: 69 Thanon Rama V Road, Dusit, Bangkok

Timing: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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Wat Pathum Wanaram

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Another of the beautiful Bangkok temples that is a must-visit on your trip to Thailand, Wat Pathum Wanaram showcases some of the most beautiful displays of lacquered sculptures and ornate stencils. The backyard of the temple also houses beautiful tropical gardens where the monks reside, away from the main temple hall.

This temple is probably the quietest as well as a peaceful place to be in Bangkok. If you wish to get away from the hustle-bustle of Bangkok and wish to spend some time sitting by the beautiful flowering trees, talk with the monks, and meditate for a while, this is the very place that you need to be headed towards.

Location:
969 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok

Timing:
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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Loha Prasat

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Built in 1846, Loha Prasat Temple is a 36 meters high monumental structure, with 37 metal spires, which are representative of the 47 virtues towards enlightenment. This beautiful temple is surely a treat for the eyes and highly picturesque, especially at night.

This very temple has been built in a completely different manner as compared to other Bangkok temples, with multiple concentric squares placed one over the other, forming a beautiful external shape. The temple houses a humongous golden statue of Buddha and was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the year 2005. 

Location:
2 Maha Chai Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Timing:
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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Wat Suthat Thepwararam

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This is surely one of the oldest as well as the most visited Bangkok temples out there. The main attractions of this beautiful temple are the 8-meter high beautiful sculpture of sitting Buddha and endless murals that depict the life of Buddha in an amazing way.

This beautiful temple complex spreads over 10 acres of lush green campus and took more than 60 years to be completed. Apart from the main temple building, the complex has a number of other structures where monks reside and learn about the teachings of Buddhism. One of the main attractions of the temple complex is the numerous stone sculptures placed in the courtyard which were bought from China during the 1800s.

Location:
146 Bamrung Muang Rd, Wat Ratchabophit, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Timing:
8:30 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
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  1. Which are the famous Buddhist temples in Bangkok?

    1. Emerald Temple: Also known as Wat Phra, this beautiful temple is home to Thailand’s most important statue, the Emerald Buddha. All the structures of the temple are decorated with marble, mosaics, and colorful orange tiles, with a pair of humongous yakshas, guarding the main entrance of the temple.

    2. Wat Pho: Standing 46 meters tall and 15 meters tall, this temple is home to Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha. Colorful mural and 108 bowls cover the hall within which Buddha sits.

    Wat Pho was actually the very first of the Bangkok temples and features beautiful gardens, praying halls, pavilions, and endless life-sized stone statues guarding the temple.

    3. Wat Saket: Situated atop a hill, one needs to climb up 300 beautiful golden-red steps to reach the temple. The Golden Chedi of the temple, which holds a relic of Buddha, is visible far away from the chaotic city. The temple is also known for amazingly hosting one of the major festivals of Thailand, Lol Krathong.

    4. Wat Arun: Also known as the temple of Dawn, the best time to visit this temple is during the sunrise, when the glittering beams of the rising sun bounce back from the beautiful structure of the temple.

    It is known to be one of the most picturesque Bangkok temples and one can also climb up the central prang of the temple to admire the beautiful views of the river upfront.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Bangkok?

    1. Lumpini Park: A perfect getaway for travelers of almost every age group, this place offers endless activities in the lap of mother earth, including paddle boating, rowing, bird watching, and much more. It is also one of the best places in Bangkok to enjoy a picnic with family and take a break from the chaotic city streets.

    2. Floating Markets: One surely cannot miss out on this one-of-a-kind market in the entire world. Apart from enjoying a traditional boat ride, you also get a chance to stop by any of the riverside shops and enjoy traditional Thai cuisine or simply buy some fresh fruits or souvenirs for your loved ones to take back home.

    3. Chinatown: Chinatown is one of the most colorful as well as enjoyable places in the whole of Bangkok. If you are a food lover or a shopaholic, this place is surely a paradise for you. Enjoy relishing from crazy Thai and Chinese street food items and shop almost everything, and get to explore the real culture of Thailand as well as China.

    4. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World: If you really wish to experience something unique and exciting, you surely need to head towards the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. The attraction takes you through magical tunnels, with over 30,000 beautiful sea creatures floating all around you, just a glass wall away, providing you an underwater experience.
  3. Which are the best historical places to visit in Bangkok?

    1. Grand Palace: To explore the ruling history of Thailand and to peek into the royal lives of the rulers, this place is a must-go. Situated in the heart of the city, this is the former residence of one of the most prominent rulers of Thailand, King Rama, and is still used for hosting royal ceremonies.

    You can also take a tour of the entire palace to explore its history as well as its grandeur.

    2. Princess Mother Memorial Park: If you wish to take a break and walk amidst peaceful greenery, yet explore something exciting, Princess Mother Memorial Park is a great way to get started.

    Apart from showcasing incredible gardens, the park also features 2 exhibition halls, which allow the travelers a peek into the life of Princess Mother and her awe-inspiring arts.

    3. Suan Pakkad Palace:
    This beautiful wooden structure is actually a pottery museum and allows you to peek into the arts dating back to almost 4000 years. The museum has been divided into different zones that showcase different styles of arts from completely different eras, allowing you to dive deep into the history of Thailand.

    4. Sanam Chandra Palace: Another grand palace built by one of the rulers of Thailand, the palace complex features various historical buildings. Two of the most important buildings of the complex are the central castle and the temple of Lord Ganesha, a Hindu god. The complex also has mesmerizing lakes, lawns, and gardens loaded with beautiful trees.
  4. Which city in Thailand has the most temples?

    Chiang Mai City is known to have the largest number of temples in Thailand, boasting 117 beautiful temples. However, you surely cannot miss out of the beautiful Bangkok temples, which are considered to be the finest as well as the oldest ones in the entire country.
  5. What is the best time to visit Bangkok?

    The best time to plan a trip to Bangkok is from the month of November to March. Given the tropical climate of Thailand, these months feature the lowest temperatures as well as the humidity, for you to enjoy all the outdoor attractions in the best way possible.
  6. How to reach Bangkok?

    By Air: Bangkok is well connected to the rest of the world through flights. There are two prominent airports in the near vicinity of the city. The Suvarnabhumi Airport caters to most international as well as domestic flights. The airport is well connected through cabs, buses, as well as Airport Rail Link to Bangkok city.

    By Road: Bangkok is well connected to most of the tourist destinations of Thailand. You can easily plan a road trip to Bangkok from Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket, and other important cities of the country.

    By Train: You can easily reach Bangkok from any of the important Thailand cities, as well as neighboring countries like Cambodia, Malaysia, and Laos.

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