Buddhism is the largest religion in Thailand, and there are more than 400 temples in Bangkok. So, if you want to visit them all, it could take up to one month. In this post, the itinerary that I share include the ones that are popular and you should not miss only.
The first 3 temples that I am going to recommend you are the must-see temples in Bangkok. Most visitors add them to their itinerary when visiting Bangkok. As a Thai, I have been to these 3 temples several times, and they are close to each other. The first one is Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The main attraction here is the deep green statue, but for me, the mural painting is also fascinating.
The next temple is Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha. You will be amazed by the size of the reclining Buddha. Besides, this temple is famous for Thai traditional massage. You can try massage here and also can learn how to massage here.
The last one is Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn, which is located at another side of the Chaopraya River Bank. The main attraction of this temple is the grand pagoda which can be climbed.
Other 3 temples are less popular, but worth visiting. The first one is Wat Ratchanatdaram or Loha Prasat Temple. The main attraction here is a metal castle. It was in black color before, and recently it was renovated to be in gold color. Inside the castle, there is an exhibition telling the visitors the history of the castle itself.
The next temple is Wat Suthat. This temple is famous for not only the architecture but also the amulet named Phra Kring. And the last one is Wat Ratchabophit which has unique architecture. The interior is decorated in Italian style.
Other 2 temples that I would like to recommend are located in Yaowarat or Bangkok’s Chinatown area. The first one is Wat Traimit or the temple of Golden Buddha. You will be amazed by the size and the sparkling gold of the Buddha. Besides, inside the temple, there is an exhibition, which is very well done, showing the history of Chinatown in Bangkok.
Another one is Wat Leng Noei Yi or Wat Mangkon Kamalawat which is the most sacred Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The temple is usually crowded during Chinese New Year.