Bangkok’s Most Iconic Temples
A deep dive into the culture of Bangkok
A country full of culture and beauty, Thailand is the dream destination for many a traveller, with the capital city of Bangkok being no exception. Vibrant and picturesque, with just the right amount of everything to make a great trip, we’d like to draw special attention to the many temples of Bangkok – immersed in the spirituality of a country with thousands of years of captivating history.
Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
One of the most significant temples of Bangkok, Wat Phra Kaew is very popular amongst both locals and tourists – for good reason. Its fascinating architecture is a prime example of the kind of sight you can expect to see within almost any temple grounds in Thailand. Within, you can find such attractions as a model of Angkor Wat, murals of the Ramayana epic, and the famed Balcony of the Temple Wall.
Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Another must-see within city limits, the temple of Wat Pho contains a 15-metre tall and 43-metre long statue of a reclining Buddha, with gold leaf and mother-of-pearl embellishments to add to its glorious nature. The Wat Pho complex also contains a thousand images of the Buddha and 91 chedis, also known as stupas, making sure of a great excursion for the day.
Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn
Built in the 17th Century, the five towers within the temple premises overlook the Mae Nam Chao Phraya, and the temple itself is adorned with ceramic tiles and colourful stretches of porcelain, making it one of the more visually impressive on the list, even in comparison to the rest. Legend has it that King Taksin, along with his royal retinue, found the temple at dawn, earning its name. It’s a great stop-off from your average luxury Bangkok hotel if you’d like a little beauty to accompany your trip.
Wat Saket, the Temple of the Golden Mount
Although one may consider the nature of the Wat Saket temple to be a little ostentatious in comparison, one can also not deny its striking nature – the Golden Mount of its namesake certainly draws the eye upon its lofty perch of an artificial hill that overlooks the rest of Bangkok. Here, you can lose yourself amongst the Buddhist paintings that depict the fascinating stories of Buddhism, so make sure to make time from your vacation in a luxury property like the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort to see this historic location.