Our stay in Bangkok was quite short. We spent only three days there, but it was enough to see the most important temples of the city, to visit different districts, to feel the atmosphere, and to get used to the new culture, people and environment. I would like to share with you some of the best temples you will find in Bangkok, ones that are definitely worth visiting. All the temples I mention below are located close to each other. So you can reach them on foot, if you don’t have any transport.
The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The dazzling, spectacular, Grand Palace, built in 1782, is undoubtedly the most famous landmark of this city. Within the territory of the Palace you will find the very well known Wat Phra Keaw (Temple of Emerald Buddha). Please note that in all Buddhist temples you will need to dress modestly (no short skirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts). You will also need to take off your shoes. So if you mind walking bare foot in the temple, prepare a pair of socks beforehand. We were very impressed by these Temples and though the entrance fee was quite expensive, we didn’t regret visiting.
- Opening hours: Daily 8:30-15:30
- Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
- Price: 400 baht. The ticket also includes the visit to the museums and pavilions (textiles, coins etc)
The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Arun is locally known as Wat Chaeng. It’s a beautiful, 70+ meters high temple, located on the Chao Phraya River bank. Wat Arun has many high steps, and is therefore not for everyone. Those who do manage to climb to the top will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the River and places around. We were one of the brave ones, and we weren’t disappointed, although I got a bit dizzy on the way down. To get the Temple you will need to cross the river (if you are on the other bank of course). You can catch a ferry, which will cost you 3 baht one way.
- Opening hours: Daily 8:30-17:30
- Location: Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier)
- Price: 50 baht
The Temple of The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon is the largest temple in Bangkok and it’s famous for its huge and majestic reclining Buddha, 46 meters long, covered with golden leaf. It’s a very interesting experience to be in the presence of such a huge buddha statue.
- Opening hours: Daily 8:00-18:00
- Location: Maharat Road. Close to the river, Old City (Rattanakosin)
- Price: 100 baht
Have you been to Bangkok? Which temples have you visited? Let us know about your experience!