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15 Most Beautiful Temples to Visit in Bangkok – 2020

Travelling to Bangkok would not be complete without visiting the unique temples! There are about 400 enchanting temples in the city which attracts travelers to visit as the temples are regarded as the most sacred in Thailand. Here are the top 15 temples you shouldn’t miss when you travel to Bangkok. You must dress appropriately as the temples are highly sacred places.

1. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha)

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Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ is one of the most vital and most visited temples in Thailand. It is built within the grounds of the Grand Palace. The most significant feature of the temple is the Emerald Buddha which meticulously carved from a 66cm block of jade. The entrance costs around 500 baht for tourists.

Location: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8.30am to 3.30pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 224 3290

2.Wat Pho

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Wat Pho  is also known as ‘The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’ located behind the Wat Phra Kaew in Grand Palace. It is renowned for its giant reclining Buddha which is 15m tall, 46m long and covered with gold. It opens daily from 8am to 630pm. The best time to visit is in the early morning as it is less crowded.The entrance fee is around 100 baht.

Location: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 6.30pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 226 0335

3. Wat Arun

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Wat Arun, also called the ‘Temple of the Dawn’, just located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. It has become one of the most stunning temples in Thailand, nice spots for getting extraordinary Instagram shots! The beautiful white temple features a pair of yaksa statues, ceramic gables as well as 120 Buddha images.  It can be easily accessed  via public ferry from Tha Tien which costs around 50 baht.

Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 891 2185

4.Wat Saket

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Wat Saket is one of the oldest temple in Bangkok where you can visit the ‘Golden Mountain’, an 80m high hill topped with a towering chedi. You need to climb more than 300 steps to get to the top and enjoy the stunning view across Bangkok. The best time to visit is November when the Loy Krathong festival is held so that you can join the festival with various fun activities.

Location: 344 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)92 690 9222

5. Wat Traimit

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Wat Traimit or known as the ‘Golden Buddha’ temple is a must-see attraction in Bangkok as it has the world’s biggest solid gold Buddha statue. Located in Chinatown, The Buddha statue is nearly 5 meters high and 5,5 tons heavy.

Location: 661 Charoen Krung Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)89 002 2700

6. Loha Prasat

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Loha Prasat temple is located on the ground of Wat Ratchanaddaram and was submitted to UNESCO in 2005 to become a World Heritage site. It is also called the ‘Metal Castle’,  a 36m high construction supported by 37 metal spires. Come visit if you happen to be around Khao San Road.

Location: 2 Maha Chai Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 224 8807

7. Wat Mahathat

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Wat Mahathat is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and also the headquarter of Vipassana Meditation Center where you can attend Buddhism or meditation class here. There are many vendors selling lucky charms, talismans and traditional medicine outside the temple.

Location: 3 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

8. Wat Suthat Thepwararam

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Undoubtedly, this is one of the must see temples in Bangkok! Unlike other popular temples, you will feel more peaceful and serenity stepping into Wat Suthat which people call it a hidden gem. Wat Suthat Thepwararam was built during the first three reigns of the Chakri Dynasty and took 40 years to complete (1807-1847).

Location: 146 Bamrung Mueang Rd, Wat Ratchabophit, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8.30am to 9pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 622 2819

9.  Wat Prayoon

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Take time to stopover at Wat Prayoon temple if you visit Bangkok! It is located on the Thonburi side of the river , at the foot of Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut). It is also called Wat Prayurawongsawat, was built during King Rama III’s reign. It features a large inverted bell-shaped chedi  and was given the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence in 2014.

Location: 24 Prajadhipok Rd, Wat Kanlaya, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 466 1693

10. Wat Benjamabhopit

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Wat Benjamabhopit is one of the most famous temples in Bangkok, stunning architecture built by King Rama V in 1990.It is also known as ‘The Marble Temple’ as all the walls of the temple are covered with marble importerd from Italy.

Location: Rama V Road, 5 Dusit, Dusit District, Bangkok 10300, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm

11. Wat Pathum Wanaram

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Wat Pathum Wanaram is located in between Central World Plaza and Siam Paragon Mall. It is asily accessible by taking the Skytrain to Siam Square or Chitlom. This place is the perfect escape from bustling city! Many people stopover at the Wat after shopping in Siam Paragon or CentralWorld.

Location: 969 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 251 6469

12. Wat Bowon Niwet

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Wat Bowon is a first class Royal temple located in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district. Originally there were two temples separated by a canal, the Wat Rangsi Sutthawat and the Wat Mai. The two temples were merged into the Wat Bowonniwet in 1923. The Temple features 50 meter high golden chedi, which is the most noticeable structure of the temple.

Location: 248 Phra Sumen Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 629 5854

13. Wat Chana Songkhram

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Wat Chana Songkhram also known as the “Temple of Victory”, was built during the reign of King Rama II. It features a centerpiece pagoda that was given the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence in 2014. The bell-shaped chedi at the central is strongly influenced by Sri Lanka designs.

Location: Chakrabongse Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 281 9396

14. Wat Intharawihan

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The most significant feature of Wat Intharawihan is the 32-metre-high standing Buddha. The temple is decorated in glass mosaics and 24-carat gold, took over 60 years to complete. Feel free to explore this enchanting temple that will make your journey into an unforgettable experience!

Location: 114 Wisut Kasat Road, Banglamphu, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 6am to 6pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 282 3173

15. Wat Kalayanamit

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Wat Kalayanamit is famous for its golden seated Buddha inside the building. The temple was built by Rama III in the first half of the nineteenth century. The best way to get to Wat Kalayanamit is by boat. Take the Chaophraya River Express to either Ratchinee or Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut) piers. From Ratchinee pier, you can get a cross-river ferry to the pier right next to the temple.

Location: New Arun Amarin Rd, Wat Kanlaya, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm

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