Bangkok is characterized by the presence of many buddhist temples. These temples are called “Wat” in Thailand. There are really hundreds of temples in Bangkok. If you look at the city from a high point (for example, a Sky bar) then you’ll see the many golden roofs of the temples.
To make your search easy, I have described my five favorite temples.
1. Wat Pho
It’s the temple of the lying golden Buddha. This Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. This is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok. You can find more than a thousand Buddha images in there. The complex itself is also very beautiful and Wat Pho is also a leading massage school.
Entrance fee: 100 Baht.
2. Wat Arun
This temple is already beautiful when you see it from a distance. What Arun is the ‘Temple of the Dawn’. Wat Arun is a beautiful temple that is characterized by its mosaic. You can climb the big pagoda through a steep staircase. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Bangkok. From Wat Po you can cross the river to Chao Phraya with a ferry. In the evening, the temple is brilliantly lit.
Entrance fee: 50 Baht.
3. Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Benchamabophit is known as the ‘Marble Temple’. This temple is built in a mixture of Thai and 19th century European styles. It is very quiet and serene and there are not that many tourists around here.
Entrance fee: 20 Baht
4. Wat Phra Kaew
This is the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ and this is the most important Buddha statue in Bangkok. This statue is about 75 cm high and is made of jade. A few times a year, this Buddha gets a new coat that is put on by the king of Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew is located on the palace complex of the Grand Palace. This complex comprises 218,400 square meters and is fully surrounded by a 1,9 kilometer long white wall.
Entrance fee: 500 Baht.
5. Wat Saket
This temple is also known as the ‘Golden Mount Temple’. What Saket is a great place to visit and you have a beautiful view from the top of the hill. The way up is through a beautiful garden and goes along dozens of big and small bells. These bells are meant to awake the dead and form a beautiful solitaire.
Entrance fee: 25 Baht.
Tip hotel Bangkok
There are a lot of hotels in Bangkok, but I’m always staying in the same hotel: Rambuttri Villaga Plaza. It’s a perfect location: close to Khao San Road and it is quiet. The rooftop swimmingpool is great. The breakfast has a big choice and is tasty.
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