Wats and Temples of Bangkok, Bangkok

Bangkok's shrines are integral to the city's heart and soul. These edifices can impress and overwhelm even the most experienced traveler. In the city you'll find thousands of sites with decorated glass and ceramics and ornamented with complex configurations of painted gold. Take our tour of Wats and Temples to see the best of the many holy shrines Bangkok has to offer.
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Guide Name: Wats and Temples of Bangkok
Guide Location: Thailand » Bangkok (See other walking tours in Bangkok)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Author: valery
Wat Intharawihan

1) Wat Intharawihan (must see)

Wat Intharawihan or Wat Indravihan is one of the most frequently visited temples of Thailand. Built during the later Ayutthaya period, it is located in the Nakhon District of Bangkok. The main feature of the temple is a 32 meter high, 10 meter wide standing Buddha known as Luang Pho To or Phrasiariyametri. The topknot of the Buddha image contains a relic of Lord Buddha brought from Sri Lanka and took over 60 years to complete.

The statue faces east, holds alms-bowls in hands and...   view more
Wat Chanasongkram

2) Wat Chanasongkram

Wat Chanasongkram is one of the most important Ayuthaya period temples in the history of Thailand. The name of the temple means “Victory in the battle”. Built in the 18th century, the temple has a legend associated with it. According to the legend, King Rama I appointed a Mon group of monks to look after this temple and it became known in the Mon language as Wat Thong Pu. After winning in the battle of the Nine Armies, Thai General Somdej Chao Phraya Maha Surasinghanat moved his troops back...   view more
Wat Ratchapradit

3) Wat Ratchapradit

Located to the north of Suan Saranrom and built by King Rama IV in 1864, Wat Ratchapradit is a relatively small Buddhist temple covering a total area of approximately 2 rai. Also known as Wat Rajapradit, this temple was built for the monks of the Dhammayutika sect. 

The central building of Wat Ratchapradit is its viharn, or main chapel, called Phra Vihara Luang. Foundation of the temple has been enforced with garlic pots as landfill. This step was taken in the reign of King Rama IV when...   view more
Wat Ratchabophit

4) Wat Ratchabophit

Wat Ratchabophit is a royal temple located near the Ministry of Interior. The full name for Wat Ratchabophit is Wat Raja Bopits Athitma Hasimaram which means 'Temple under the Royal Construction with the Great Sacred Boundaries'. This temple was the last to be erected by King Rama V in the late 19th century and included both traditional Thai and new European elements in the architecture and design with some Gothic influence evident in places.

In this temple compound, all the...   view more
Bangkok Wat Sutat ( Great Swing )

5) Bangkok Wat Sutat ( Great Swing )

The Giant Swing is a religious structure in Bangkok and one of Bangkok's famous tourist attractions. In front of the temple is the huge Chinese-red frame of the giant swing. An annual ceremony took place here whereby young men would try to swing high enough to get a sack of gold tied to a pole about 75 feet in the air. After the death of many men during this attempt, this ceremony was banned in the 1930s.

The red colored Giant Swing, with a height of 21.15 meters, is a landmark of...   view more
Wat Thepthidaram

6) Wat Thepthidaram

Built in 1836 to honor one of Rama III's queens, Wat Thepthidaram is a temple constructed by King Rama III and lived in by Thailand’s greatest poet. The decoration of Wat Thepthidaram is very Chinese in style because Chinese things were very popular in Rama III's time. The main compound consists of the ordination hall (ubosot) flanked by two prayer halls (wiharn). There is a walled courtyard with corn-cob shaped towers called prangs at each corner. Buddha image that sits inside...   view more
Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount)

7) Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) (must see)

Wat Saket, a Buddhist temple and a famous landmark in Bangkok, dates back to Ayutthaya era. The towering gold chedi of Wat Saket, once the highest point in Bangkok, is notable for its spectacular views and its hosting of the annual Loy Kratong festival. The small dome is covered with small golden squares that reflect in the sun. Due to these shiny squares, the place got the name of Golden Mount.

Golden Mount, a steep hill inside the Wat Saket compound, is not a natural mountain but an...   view more
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

8) Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

At the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown is the Chinese-Buddhist temple known as Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. It is the largest and most important Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Founded as a Mahayana Buddhist temple in 1871, it was initially known as Wat Leng Noei Yi. A number of year-round events including Chinese New Year and the annual Chinese Vegetarian festival are celebrated here.

The temple is built in a classic Chinese Architectural style. Roof tiles are decorated with animal...   view more
Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha)

9) Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha) (must see)

Wat Traimit Witthayaram or the Temple of the Golden Buddha, an otherwise unexceptional temple, is the house of an astonishing Buddha image. Cast in solid gold weighing 5 and a half ton, the Golden Buddha is 3.98 m high and 3.13 m wide from knee to knee. Made of about 83% pure gold, the 15 foot tall seated image is worth millions of dollars at today's gold price.

The statue has a very unusual and colorful history. When Bangkok was established as the new capital, the Chakri Kings...   view more

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Travel Distance: 8.0 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

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