THE BEST TEMPLES AND SHRINES TO VISIT IN BANGKOK

There are many sacred temples throughout Bangkok worth visiting. Here are just a few of the Temples in Bangkok:

Jade Buddha Temple Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Jade Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Jade Buddha is located with in the grounds of the Grand Palace.

There is an entrance fee of 400 Baht which takes you into see Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace are open everyday from 8.30m - 3.30pm.

Last tickets are sold at 3.30pm so you can walk around the grounds until 5pm.

Once inside the Temple of the Jade Buddha photography or video cameras are not allowed to be used.

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Reclining Buddha Temple Bangkok

Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha is located right next to the Grand Palace. There is an entrance fee of 100 Baht to go into Wat Pho. The full name of the Wat Pho is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwara Mahaviharn so easy to call it Wat Pho.

As well as the impressive Reclining Buddha Statue which is the largest reclining Buddha Statue in Thailand, around the grounds of Wat Pho are many other smaller statues of Buddha.

Wat Pho is open everyday from 8am - 6.30pm.

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Wat Arun Bangkok

Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn (also spelt Wat Aroon) is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River almost directly opposite the Grand Palace.

The full name of Wat Arun is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan. It is commonly called Wat Arun!

Wat Arun originally house the Emerald Buddha before it moved to it's current home of Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Arun is a Buddhist Temple which still has Buddhist Monks living on site.

Entrance fee to Wat Arun is 50 Baht.

Wat Kalyanamitra Bangkok

Wat Kalayanamitra

Wat Kalayanamitra is just 500 meters down the road from Wat Arun and has one of the most impressive sitting Buddha Statues in Bangkok. The full name of the temple is Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara.

Wat Kalayanamitra was built in 1825 on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

This temple isn't found on many tourist guides so not many tourists visit here. When Wat Arun is crowded, usually on weekends, you can come to Wat Kalayanamitra which is peaceful and quiet.

There is no entrance fee to visit Wat Kalayanamitra. There are donation boxes inside the main temple if you would like to donate.

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Golden Buddha Temple Bangkok

Wat Traimit Wittayaram - Traimit Royal Temple or Temple of the Golden Buddha

Wat Traimit Wittayaram - Traimit Royal Temple or The Temple of the Golden Buddha is located right next to the entrance of Chinatown Bangkok. The temple has 4 levels with the Golden Buddha house inside the 4th level.

There is an entrance fee of 40 Baht to go to the top to see the Golden Buddha.

The Golden Mount Temple Bangkok

Wat Srakesa Rajavararamahavihara - The Golden Mount Temple

The Golden Mount Temple is believed to contain relics from the Buddha (Sidhartha Gotaman). The Indian government handed these relics to his Majesty King Chulalong Korn (Rama V) who enshrined the relics in the stupa at the top of The Golden Mount on 23rd May 1899.

There are hundreds of steps to walk up to the top of the Golden Mount Temple. All along the spiral staircase to the top are small shrines, there are Buddha Statues and small gardens decorating the way.

Many local Thai Buddhists visit this temple. At the very top there is a large Buddha statue where the devotees place gold leaf to covery the statue.

Erawan Shrine Bangkok

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine is located on the corner of Sukhumvit Rd and Rajdamri Rd Bangkok, right next to the Grand Hyatt Hotel or across from the Intercontinental Hotel. All day, everyday you will see worshippers at the shrine giving their offerings.

Erawan Shrine is a Hindu Shrine worshipping Brahma the Great though it still receives many local Thai people and local and visiting Chinese people to workship at the shrine.

In the evenings there are often Thai dancers as well as Chinese dragon dancers performing at Erawan Shrine.

Wat Bang Chak 45 minutes from Bangkok

Wat Bang Chak

Wat Bang Chak is a temple just 45 minutes drive from the centre of Bangkok, sitting on the bank of the Chao Phraya River in the Nonthaburi Provice, just outside of Bangkok province.

There are a number of temples at the grounds of Wat Bang Chak and a large garden of hundreds of statues that depict the life of Buddha.

Directly across from Wat Bang Chak is Koh Kret, a small island in the middle of the river which also has more than 20 temples including Wat Paramaiyikawat which has the leaning stupa and a large reclining Buddha statue.

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