Wat Suthat or Wat Suthat Thepphaararam is one of the famous Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It might not as famous as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, or Wat Arun. But, many visitors include Wat Suthat in their itinerary. While some visitors visit this temple to see its architecture, some visitors come here to rent amulets. Wat Suthat is famous for Phra Kring.
Let’s see how beautiful the temple is and then I will tell you where to get a famous amulet. I have been to Wat Suthat 2 times this year. The first time was in January and the second time was in July which some parts of the temple were under renovation. And, some of the photos in this post are from the first visit and some of them are from the second visit.
The stone sculptures are in Chinese style.
I do love the floor of this temple.
Around the temple, there are rows of gold Buddha statues.
The main viharn holds a 8 meter high bronze Buddha image and magnificent murals.
Around the temple, it was quiet and peaceful.
There are warning signs about the tourist traps to avoid. The most popular one is a guy telling the tourists that the temple is close and offer a guide tour to go somewhere else. So, beware of them!
For the amulet, you can find it at the pavilion in the temple. The most famous amulet here is Phra Kring. My Singaporean friend who is an amulet collector also came here to get Phra Kring. Kring means bell in English. And, when, we shake the amulet, there is a sound like a bell.
There are several versions of Phra Kring. Difference in both color and appearance. The seller can tell you the price and the difference.
Update: July, 2017
Location & How to get there: Bamrung Muang Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok. Opposite Giant Swing, near Bangkok City Hall. The temple cannot be reached by both BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway. For the tourist, taxi is a recommended choice.
Entrance Fee: 20 baht for foreigner
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 A.M to 9 P.M
Dress Code: There is no dress code checking at this temple, but you should dress appropriately. The temple has a sign for prohibited outfits. No sleeveless shirt, short top, see-through, short pants, and so on.
Have you ever been to Wat Suthat Thepphaararam? Do you like it there? Share your experience with me in the comment!