15 Best Temples in Bangkok- 2020 (Photos & 2100+ Reviews)
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.

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 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. 

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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 best temples in Bangkok:

01

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

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

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

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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05

Wat Saket

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Wat Saket

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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06

Wat Traimit

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Wat Traimit

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

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

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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09

The Erawan Shrine

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The Erawan Shrine

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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10

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara

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Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara

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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11

Wat Prayoon

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Wat Prayoon

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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12

Wat Benjamabophit (Wat Benja)

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Wat Benjamabophit (Wat Benja)

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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13

Wat Suthat

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Wat Suthat

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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14

Wat Bowonniwet Vihara

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Wat Bowonniwet Vihara

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

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

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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