Thailand surely doesn’t fall short of featuring some of the most beautiful temples in the world. As Buddhism is the main religion practised by Thais, visiting temples is part of the culture. But, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the stunning architecture and innate details adorning the temples.
Wat Pha Sorn Kaew
This temple can be found about 5 hours north of Bangkok, and is known as the “Temple on a high glass cliff.” Clearly its colourful mosaic tiles make it sparkle like new as it overlooks stunning mountains.
The temple’s creators definitely didn’t leave a stone unturned when thinking of the magical vibes it could produce. 5 white Buddha statues stand in sharp contrast to the explosion of coloured mosaic tiles, making it eye candy for visitors.
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
A must-do day trip from Bangkok, is that of visiting Ayutthaya. As the city was once the second capital of Thailand, it was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1991. Located in the royal palace grounds, it’s bell-shaped pagodas definitely serve as a striking landmark. the small ruins surrounding the pagodas have their own place in history. The crumbled remnants are thought to be those of the old royal housing. Its history and beauty is definitely a sight to see for those touring the nation’s temples.
Wat Pho, or the ‘Temple of the reclining Buddha’, is the biggest and most ancient in the City of Angels, otherwise known as Bangkok. As it is famous for its 47 metre long, 15 metre high reclining Buddha in its main sanctuary. if you are needing some rest and relaxation, the temple features a traditional Thai massage school on its grounds. entrance fee is 100 baht. who are touring the capital of Thailand as it is located near other exciting attractions.
Wat Arun is clearly one of the most beautiful temples in which to visit. As it overlooks the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, the Temple of Dawn doesn’t disappoint. Wat Arun now features 5 towers, with 1 being climbable to tourists. Thus, the view at the top is indescribable as one can see the entire skyline of Bangkok.As it is situated on the river, one can take a boat ride to get to the temple, taking in the sights along the way. The admission fee is 50 baht.
Wat Phra Kaew
Known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew is on the same grounds as Bangkok’s Grand Palace. The temple was constructed in 1785, when King Rama I moved the nation’s capital from Thonburi to Bangkok.
In addition to its historical importance, the temple also features a model of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure by land in the world. The entrance fee is a at 400 baht. Also, keep in mind the temple enforces the typical dress code for visitors a bit more than other temples, due its historical significance.
Thailand’s temples are undeniably some of the most elaborate in the world, and paying them a visit can serve as an unique experience in your travels.