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10 Must See Temples in Bangkok – Experience the Ancient Culture

Travel hotspot of Southeast Asia Bangkok has much to offer tourists in terms of food, culture and modern attractions. The over 400 ancient temples of Bangkok certainly are worth a visit for culture.

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Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of the Jade Buddha

Of all the 400 wat's or temples of Bangkok Wat Phra Kaew takes central place. It sits within the grounds of the Grand Palace and is the most visited temple in the city. The most significant attraction within the wat is the famous Emerald Buddha, which is carved out of a single piece of jade 66cm in height. The statue was found in the most exotic fashion in 1464 when a stroke of lighting struck the Chiang Rai wat in which it was hidden. The statue was first taken to Laos on discovery and was later returned to its final resting place in Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew is a fascinating temple home to an elaborately detailed mural wall that depicts over 178 scenes from the famous Ramayana Story. The tall chedis are decorated in gold leaves and beautifully glazed tiles.

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Wat Traimit

Located at the start of Yaowarat Road Wat Traimit is a gorgeous white and gold building that promises to awe all visitors. A visit to this temple is the best way to start your tour of Chinatown. There is a huge Buddha statue made of gold within the temple, which resplendent with ancient architecture is a complex of real beauty well worth a visit.

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Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The oldest and also the largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok – Wat Pho derives its name from an ancient Indian Buddhist monastery. It is also called Temple of the Reclining Buddha due to the huge 43 metre long 15 metre high reclining Buddha found within the temple. The statue is encrusted with gold leaf and has 4 metre long feet that are inlaid with mother of pearl. Wat Pho is located next to the Grand Palace and is home to a 1000 Buddha images. Sitting close to the Chao Phraya River and Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok, the temple is ideal to visit for its vast splendour.

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Wat Arun

Serviced apartments Bangkok is home to are the favourite choice amongst the independent tourist, moving to their own schedule. At these you can experience the conveniences of home and the comforts of a conventional hotel. From these well places Bangkok apartment hotels you can get to places like iconic Wat Arun with ease. The most prominent temple in Bangkok Wat Arun is located on the Thonburi edge of Bangkok; the Khmer style structure is known as the Temple of Dawn. The ancient architectural styles are quite stunning while climbing the vast flights of stairs to the summit will reward you with stunning views of the surroundings.

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Wat Saket

Visit the famous golden chedi of 'Phu Khao Thong' also called the Golden Mountain. Wat Saket is located on a high hill in the middle of the old quarter of Bangkok city. First built by King Rama III in the 1700's this temple has a rather tempestuous past. The first attempt at construction was a failure since the temple collapsed on the soft ground. Having being abandoned due to this, the second phase of construction was resumed by King Rama IV and finished by King Rama V.