Thailand is the perfect destination if you want to explore the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples. In this article I am going to write about three famous temples in Bangkok that you must visit during your travels in the Thai capital, but first I would like to offer an insight to the etiquette of visiting Buddhist temples. 

Inside of a Buddhist temple in Thailand

So, there are certain rules you should keep in mind when entering a Buddhist temple and taking off your shoes is just the very beginning of this list:

  • Remove your hat and shoes
  • Lower your voice, remove headphones
  • No smoke or chewing gum allowed
  • Cover your shoulders and wear long pants/sarong
  • Never touch, sit near or climb on a Buddha statue
  • Never point on things, people or a Buddha statue in a temple
  • When sitting down, don’t point your feet at a person or an image of Buddha
  • Get permission before taking photographs, but never take a selfie with the Buddha statue
  • Never take a photograph during worship
  • Never turn your back on the Buddha statue
Buddha statues in a row

Now that you know the rules, let’s see the three most amazing temples we recommend you to visit during your stay in Bangkok. They are all breathtakingly beautiful, so don’t think that checking one or two off your list will make your life easier.

Wat Pho

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the largest and oldest temple complex in Bangkok. There is really a lot to see here, the temple complex contains 91 small chedis, 4 great chedis, 2 belfries, 1 bot, a number of viharas (halls) and many other pavilions, gardens and small temple museums, all featuring different styles and sizes. Wat Pho houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand (more than ten thousand pieces), including a 46 metre long reclining Buddha. The most sacred place of the complex is Phra Ubosot, this hall is used for performing rituals. 

Wat Pho Buddhist temple complex

Wat Phra Kaew

Located in The Grand Palace, The Temple of The Emerald Buddha was built with the purpose to house the meditating Buddha made from a solid one piece of green jade, clothed in gold and diamonds. Wat Phra Kaew is the most important sacred temple in Thailand and it is the perfect example of the exquisite royal architecture. The history of this temple takes us back in 1782, when Bangkok, the new capital of Thailand, was established. King Rama I. gave the order to build a new temple to house the Emerald Buddha, which was transferred to The Grand Palace in 1785 and has remained there to this very day.

Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of The Emerald Buddha

Wat Arun

Wat Arun, also called the Temple of Dawn is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Beautifully decorated with colourful porcelain, the temple left us speechless, so we really recommend visiting this impressive landmark. The towers are supported by rows of demons and monkeys and other representative characters of the Thai culture. 

The temple itself was named after Aruna, the God of Dawn. It is said that the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. 

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn

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Words by Ágota
Pictures by Loránd

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