“Bangkok” is the capital of Thailand with many aspects to discover, one of which are magnificent temples with stunning architecture. Here are 9 magnificent temples in Bangkok that are awarded the SHA certificate that you should visit.
1. Wat Phra Kaew (Wat Phra Si Rattana Sasadaram)
Established in King Rama I era in 1782, Wat Phra Kaew is one of Thailand’s tourist attractions that are very popular among both Thai tourists and foreign tourists. One of Wat Phra Kaew’s famous characteristics are the the Ramakien Murals and the emerald Buddha image.
2. Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon)
It is also known as the temple of the reclining Buddha which is the biggest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand. Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s most important temples and also regarded as Thailand’s first university. Learn about Thai traditional medicine and massage from the murals and sculptures around the temple.
3. Wat Arun
Located by the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun or Wat Chaeng is an old temple that was built in King Rama II era. The famous Wat Arun Phra Prang is decorated in beautiful colored glass and Chinese porcelain. The main hall of the temple is guarded by Wat Arun ogres. According to the old belief, this is to prevent any evil beings from entering the main hall which is considered as a sacred place.
4. Wat Saket
Widely known as the temple of the golden mount, Wat Saket is another popular destination among tourists. You can see Bangkok’s beautiful panoramic view at the top of the golden mount. It is recommended to visit the temple during Loy Krathong Festival for the best experience.
5. Wat Traimit Withayaram
Located in the China Town area in Bangkok, Wat Traimit is well-known for the huge gold Buddha image. Visit the museum on the first floor to learn about the history of Chinese immigrants in Bangkok and China Town.
6. Wat Hong Rattanaram
Wat Hong is an old temple that was built in the Ayutthaya era. It is well-known for the Buddha statues and temple murals that still retain its glory despite its old age.
7. Wat Rakhang Kositaram
Wat Rakhang or the Temple of Bells was built in the Ayutthaya era. Located just opposite of Wat Phra Kaew across the Chao Phraya River, this temple is recommended to tourists who wants to avoid the crowd and take in the serene atmosphere. There is a saying that you’ll be blessed with good luck and fortune if you ring every bell here.
8. Wat Kanlayanamit
The temple was built in King Rama III era and located on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River. A Buddha image enshrined in the main hall named Luang Pho To, or commonly known among Chinese people as Sampokong, is the largest Buddha image in Bangkok. It is believed that praying respect at the temple will grant you a safe journey.
9. Wat Prayun Wongsawat
Wat Prayun situated on the western side of the Chao Phraya River and was built in King Rama III era. The temple’s most well-known aspects are the large inverted bell-shaped chedi and “Khao Mo Park”, which is a vast garden with a pond where tourists can feed turtles and fish.