There are hundreds of temples in Thailand’s bustling capital, but with so much choice how do you decide which ones to visit? Here I bring you a rundown of the top 4 must-sees whilst in Bangkok, so you can plan your day of sightseeing.
Don’t forget to bring a camera, but also a top which covers your shoulders, long trousers (hareem pants for girls are perfect as they are cool and light at the same time) and flip flops as you will be taking your shoes off at every temple!
1. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Built within the grounds of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew is the most visited temple in Bangkok. It is an amazing one to explore, with the large and beautiful Emerald Buddha, a gallery displaying incredibly detailed mural paintings, tall chedis in every room covered in tiles or gold leaves, as well as the massive famous chedi featured on the 1 baht coin.
Entrance fee: at least 400 baht
2. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
One of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in the city, this is home to the renowned 15 metre high, 43 metre long gold leaf Buddha. Also located just next to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho houses thousands of Buddha images and four impressive chedis dedicated to the chakri kings.
Entrance fee: 100 baht
3. Wat Mahatat
Built during the Ayutthaya period, this is one of the ten royal temples of the highest class in Bangkok, commonly used for royal ceremonies. More recently, Wat Mahahtat and its surrounding grounds has become an important centre for the study of Buddhism and is a popular place to learn Vipassana Meditation. Hundreds of golden buddhas of varying sizes line the walls both inside and out…I think this was the most memorable temples for me – it really is beautiful!
Entrance fee: free
4. Wat Benjamabhopit
More commonly known as Wat Benja and nicknamed the ‘Marble Temple’ as all the external walls are covered with marble imported from Italy, this beautiful temple was built in 1900 by King Rama and is highly esteemed, visited on many an occasion by high ranked officials. Something you might not know, however, is that it is this temple which is embossed on the back of the 5 baht coin, local Thai currency!
Entrance fee: 20 baht
For more on what to do whilst travelling in Bangkok and Thailand, see my post: Bustling Bangkok & Beautiful Beaches