Bangkok has many temples and to me they are all eye openers. They are rich in culture and interesting history with amazing architecture and sculptures. Plus, they are all full of vibrant colors. All this opulence makes one feel so small.
When we had a chance to spend a couple of days in the City of Smiles, we made sure to include visits to several temples in our itinerary. Despite the hordes of tourists, it was well worth it as each temple offers tremendous exhibits.
Here are the temples we managed to explore in Bangkok.
The first temple we visited in Bangkok was Wat Arun. It is also called the Temple of Dawn and has about 200 years of history. It is situated on the west bank of Chao Phraya River. It’s a beautiful temple with lots of interesting details. It’s also nice and offers a different charm when illuminated at dusk. This temple is a must-see.
We took a ferry that stops there. We wandered around the place and we climbed up to the top of the temple. At the top, we had great and breathtaking views of the river and the city. It was quite fun to climb up the stairs, but quite scary and hard getting down.
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew is located inside the Grand Palace. It is also known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha as it enshrines one of Thailand’s 15th century most revered Buddha statues, which was carved out of single block of jade. The Emerald Buddha itself is fairly small, it sits up high but is clearly visible. Plus, the wall paintings in the prayer room are beautiful! I have learned from our guide that the king changes the robes of the Buddha three times a year to correspond to the changing seasons and to bestow fortune on the country.
While inside the temple, we were not allowed to take pictures of it and no shoes allowed.
We went to see Wat Pho right after we explored the Grand Palace as it is just situated behind it. Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and was built during the Ayutthaya Period. The golden statue is very beautiful, and it is really huge – 43 meters long and 15 meters high, and the impressive feet of the Buddha are about 5 meters long and 3 meters high. It is one of the most important temples and one of the most popular sight-seeing in Bangkok.
Our visit took us about 30 minutes, and it was totally worth it.
From Wat Pho, we took a tuk-tuk to see Wat Intharawihan located at Wisut Kasat Road, also near the Chao Phraya River. It is also known as the Temple of the Standing Buddha. The giant golden Buddha statue stands 32 meters high and 10 meters wide. It’s holding alms bowl, which I have learned from our guide that monks still use today to accept food given by the locals. Many devotees visit the Buddha every day as it supposed to give devotees success. It’s quite a spectacular sight!
Little Lilly Travel Tip:
- Wear decent clothes (no sleeveless, no short shorts).
Have you visited any temples in Bangkok? Which temple is your favorite?