Temples of Bangkok
Bangkok, the vibrant city known for its street life and beautiful temples. The city has an amazing vibe to it and is definitely worth exploring. I really didn’t know what to expect for my four days there but I surprisingly fell in love with this beautiful city.
When thinking of Bangkok I’d think about The Hangover 2 or the crazy scenes of Khao San Road in Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach. What I didn’t expect was to see so many incredible temples in such a lively city and Bangkok is home to over 400 of them. Bangkok has some of the oldest temples in Thailand so adding some to your itinerary is a must.
Before you go
When visiting any religious & sacred monument you must always dress appropriately. There are usually signs outside the temples indicating what not to wear. Always ensure your shoulders & knees are covered, dress modestly and you’re good to go.
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)
One of the quieter temples to visit in Bangkok which is otherwise known as “The Marble Temple.” This temple was built in 1900 and is a symbol of modern Thai architecture. Built with Thai & western architecture combined and marble imported from Italy. Here you will find 53 Buddha statues representing every Buddha’s gesture and style of Thai history. This temple was my personal favourite and I highly recommend visiting.
Opening times 8am-5:30pm
Entry costs- 50 Baht per person
Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)
Wat Saket or otherwise known as “The temple of the Golden Mount” is situated in the Dusit area. To reach the temple you have to climb the stairs that twist around the Mountain- Phu Khao Thong. Once you get to the top you’re greeted with an incredible view of the city. Unfortunately I didn’t get to top and go inside as it was closed when I headed there for sunrise. I did get a glimpse of the view from a slightly lower angle though so the trip ended on a positive.
Opening times- 7:30am-5:30pm
Entry costs- 50 Baht per person.
Wat Pho (Temple of the reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho is home to the giant reclining Buddha which sits at 46m long. As you walk around you will see many stupas colourfully decorated with patterned mosaic tiles. Wat Pho is believed to be where the traditional Thai massage was created and is home to the first Thai massage school. So whilst here why not treat yourself to a massage.
Opening times- 8am-6:30pm
Entry costs- 200 Baht per person
Wat Arun (The temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun is located on the bank of Chao Phraya river and is situated just across from Wat Pho. Head to Tha Tien pier and catch the ferry across the river for only 3 Baht. Wat Arun is a Prang rather than a temple which is what ‘Wat’ means in Thai. A ‘Prang’ is a decorated spire which originates from Khmer architecture and was commonly used as a shrine in Buddhist & Hindu architecture. The spires are all colourfully decorated with pieces of glass & mosaic tiles which glitter in the sunlight. Head here to see the sunset or what it’s more famous for- the sunrise where it famously got its name “The Temple of Dawn.”
If you’re heading to Bangkok soon I hope this temple guide was helpful. If you have any questions just leave a comment or send me a DM on Instagram 🙂