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Bangkok in Thailand is a popular tourist destination. This wonderful city is home not only to fabulous restaurants and monuments, but more than 400 beautiful Buddhist temples or ‘wats’. Below we have listed some of the best ones to keep in mind while choosing Bangkok packages.
1. Wat Kalayanamitr
This Wat or Temple is also known by its full name - Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavira. Famous for its large bell and belfry, this temple attracts Thai locals and tourists from all around. A huge Buddha statue called the ‘Prha Phuttha Triratana Nayok’ can be found inside the temple and makes for quite a splendid sight. The statue even has a Chinese name - Sum Por Kong.
2. Wat Phra Kaew
This wat is more commonly known as the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ since it houses a 66cm tall jade statue of Buddha. It is the most visited temple in Bangkok and a visit simply must feature in your Bangkok packages. Within the temple you can also fina a 2-km long gallery covered with mural paintings depicting the Ramayana. An enormous golden chedi of Phra Sri Rattana (that is featured on the one baht coin) can also be found here.
3. Wat Pho
Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. Its main attraction is a 15-metre high reclining Buddha image that is 43-metres long and covered with gold leaf. The feet of Buddha in the image are covered with mother-of-pearl decorations. The sight of this Buddha image is so wonderful, that the temple is more commonly referred to as the ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. It is located right next to the Grand Palace and its full name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan.
4. Wat Arun:
Found on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples. It is also known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’ even though the temple is more renowned for its beauty at sunset. Wat Arun has a central Prang and four smaller towers and is located on the Thonburi side of Bangkok. You can reach Wat Arun by taking a ferry across the Chao Phraya River to the Maharaj pier. Try going during sunset to enjoy a marvellous sight and a great travel experience.
5. Wat Traimit:
Wat Traimit, located at Yaowarat Road, it is home to a magnificent Buddha statue made of solid gold, the largest of its kind in the world. What’s more, the five and a half tons of gold that makes up the statue was covered up with plaster and stucco and lay undiscovered till as recently as 1955. Besides the statue, the temple also has a wonderful museum to visit and boasts of some exquisite architecture.
About the Author
Seenu Mathew is a Web UI Designer / Developer with Cox & Kings. Travelling and photography are his passions. He recently returned from one of the Bangkok packages and was enamoured by the beautiful Buddhist temples he saw there. In this article, he lists his top 5 favourite ones and urges fellow travellers to visit them too.
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