When booking your flights to Bangkok, you should definitely start thinking about which temples to visit in Bangkok. With the popular city being famous for many things, the temples and culture is the predominant element for the city. Being the Capital of Thailand you can expect to find quite the variety of temples to visit (over 400 to be precise), so we’ve got the top ones to experience the true culture that Bangkok boasts.
What to wear
Okay before we jump straight into the exciting temples you can’t miss out on seeing, we have to offer some tips for travellers to Bangkok regarding what to wear for the temples. Here’s a list of all the clothing you can’t wear to the temples:
- See-through clothing
- Short skirts or shortened trousers – trousers must be full length and skirts can fall below the knee are allowed
- Tight-fitting trousers
- Any clothes with holes in
- Vests or tops with sleeves – t-shirts are permitted
- Long sleeve tops rolled up – keep sleeves down
- Sweatshirts or sweat pants
You can wear sandals and flip flops that have a suitable design, however; we recommend proper shoes as there will be lots of walking around.
Now you know what to wear, where should you go?
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok and has a 15 meter tall and 46 metres long Buddha image that is covered in gold leaf with extravagant decorations. Visiting the Buddha at Wat Pho is one of the most popular things to do at this temple and is definitely an iconic attraction. The extravagant Reclining Buddha attracts locals and tourists from all over the world, so, of course, it’s only right to admire the beauty when in Bangkok. Check out more information here.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun is the iconic image for Bangkok and has been argued one of the best temples in the city so of course, you need to add this to your list of temples to visit in Bangkok. It sits nicely alongside Chao Praya River and is built to reflect the first light of morning sun that is a magical sight at the crack of dawn. The ultimate bucket-list experience would to visit this temple in Bangkok and go right to the top – you’ll get a beautiful view of the city and be immersed in the culture.
Wat Prayoon is a very different temple to the others in Bangkok – it is a mound of melted candle wax. The striking temple is home to spirit houses which are dedicated to those who have died and is visited often by locals. Whilst paying your respects you can admire the treasure that is Wat Prayoon as well as exploring the wildlife in the lake nearby. It is also home to Turtle Mountain, you can check out more information here.
Wat Saket also known as The Golden Mountain welcomes worshippers and tourists all year round to this beautiful and historic temple in Bangkok. It is built on a man-made hill and is one of the most well-known landmarks in Bangkok! As you enter you will come across an unusual cemetery with nature growing all around. You can climb 300 steps to the very top and has a jaw-dropping view and panoramas of the history of this temple. If you can, if you visit during Loy Krathong, a red carpet is rolled out and special events will happen throughout the week.
This temple in Bangkok is one of the majestic temples in the city that you really can’t miss out on witnessing. It is both elegant and impressive and with its unique architecture, it definitely stands out and leaves an impression. It has a great deal of historical importance to the city and when inside there are pictures to show the history and the value of this temple.
These are only a few of the fantastic temples in Bangkok to visit however with over 400 more; there are certainly plenty to choose from. With culture and history to discover, we know any trip to the capital of Thailand will be an unforgettable one.