Wat Pho "The Temple of Reclining Buddha"

10 Popular Temples in Thailand That You Must See

There are nearly 95%1 of Thailand’s population who are Buddhists so you shouldn’t be surprised if traveling to Thailand usually comprise visits to the stunning temples in major cities. These spots, after all, are indelible parts of Thailand’s wonderful culture. However, the opportunity to see these magnificent architectures does not end in the city alone. Temples – as beautiful as those in Bangkok – are spread across the country and are just waiting to be visited by curious tourists and devotees.

Among the suggested temples are as follows:

1. Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew "Temple of the Emerald Buddha"

Wat Phra Kaew “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” | Credits : Best In Bangkok

More famously known as the “Temple of the Emerald Buddha“, Wat Phra Kaew is known as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located within the complex of the Grand Palace in Central Bangkok, this stunning architecture serves as the religio-political symbol of the nation. Many people believe that tours to Bangkok will never be complete without visiting this place.

Image Credits : Wat Phra Kaew | Best in Bangkok

2. Wat Arun

Wat Arun "The Temple of the Dawn"

Wat Arun “The Temple of the Dawn” | Credits : Janna Maica

Admirably standing by the Thonburi west banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun – or the “Temple of the Dawn” – is considered as a symbol of Bangkok. Being in existence since the 17th century, this temple is hailed as a prized possession of the city. It is named so because as the sun rises every morning, Wat Arun glows with pearly iridescence. It produces such a spectacular spectacle.

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3. Wat Benchamabophit

Wat Benchamabophit "The Marble Temple"

In Dusit District in Bangkok can be found perhaps one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples, the Wat Benchamabophit. Easily known as the “Marble Temple“, it flaunts an imposing architecture which comprises lacquered tiered roofs and ornate gilded accents. It is so famous that one can even see it at the 5-Baht coin.

4. Wat Pho

Wat Pho "The Temple of Reclining Buddha"

Wat Pho “The Temple of Reclining Buddha” | Credits : Earth Explorer

One of the most imposing Buddhist temples in Bangkok is at the Phra Nakhon District. It is the Wat Pho, or better known as the “Temple of the Reclining Buddha“. As its name suggests, this is where people can find one of the largest reclining Buddha in the world, along with thousand other statues. It is one of the largest and oldest temples in the city and is also visited for its cultural value.

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5. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep | Credits : Tripandtravelblog

A Theravada Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep is basically a favorite tourist destination in the province. Boasting of charming gables and a gilded chedi, the temple is sure to astound anyone who lays eyes on it. Located in a high area, people should climb a 309-step stairs to get to the temple. The location also provides tourists with the opportunity to marvel on the beautiful Changmai from afar.

Image Credits : What to see in Thailand | Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai | Trip and Travel Blog

6. Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man | Credits : Yan’s Footprints

Another lovely temple in the Chiang Mai province is the Wat Chiang Man. Built in 1297 CE, it certainly is an indispensable part of Thailand’s history. Located inside the old city, the rather small temple perfectly blends with its setting. The quaint charm of the building complements the nature in which it is nestled.

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7. Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram (UNESCO World Heritage Site) | Credits : The Road to Anywhere

A part of the very prestigious World UNESCO Heritage Site Ayutthaya Region, Wat Chaiwatthanaram basically is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the area. Located by the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this splendid Khmer-style edifice used to be a royal temple where Thai monarchs would conduct religious ceremonies including cremations of the deads.

Image Credits : Temples of Thailand: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya | The Road to Anywhere

8. Wat Phra Pathom

Phra Pathom Chedi

Phra Pathom Chedi | Credits : William Zhang

A rather simple temple it may be, but Wat Phra Pathom in Nakhon Pathom is known and visited for its large chedi. Standing 127 meters tall, this is hailed as the largest of its kind in the world. It is believed to be in existence since the year 675.

Image Credits : Phra Pathom Chedi |  William Zhang

9. Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong | Credits : My Nomadic Habits

In Phuket, there are numerous important Budhhist temples erected for the people to visit. One of these is the Wat Chalong, a splendid edifice located in Tambon Chalong, Mueang Phuket District. It is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, and has been famed for its magnificent pagoda.

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10. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua "Tiger Temple"

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua “Tiger Temple” Entrance | Credits : Around the World in 1000 Days

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua "Tiger Temple"

A buddhist monk and the tamed tiger | Credits : Re-train Your Brain to Happiness

More commonly known as the “Tiger Temple“, this unique place in Kanchanaburi is primarily visited by people for the Indochinese tigers that live with the monks. It is actually a forest temple founded in 1994 and has become a sanctuary for other wild animals like deers, water buffaloes, camels, and gibbons.

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True enough, there are 40,7172 of other temples across Thailand; so people who are into these kinds of destinations should not hesitate to visit the country.

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1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_Thailand
2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Buddhist_temples_in_Thailand