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Top 10 must-see temples in Bangkok – The key temples to visit in Bangkok

There is no way you'll be able to see all of Bangkok's temples as there are over 400 temples scattered across the city. Here are 10 of the most must-see temples in Bangkok to make your life easier!


Wat Saket

Situated on top of a hill in Bangkok's old city, Wat Saket is a temple with a troubled history. The construction of this temple was initiated by King Rama III during his reign and wasn't successful due to the chedi of the temple collapsing. The construction was abandoned and was re-initiated during the era of King Rama IV and was completed during and reign of King Rama V. The remains of the original failed construction was used to complete the temple that you see today.


Loha Prasat

Also known as the Metal temple, the Loha Prasat is a majestic temple that was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2005. The temple has a distinctive architectural style that differentiates it from the rest of the temples, making it one of the must-see temples when visiting Bangkok.


Wat Suthat

The construction of this temple was authorized by King Rama I in the 13th century and was completed only during the reign of King Rama III. The temple's distinctive feature is a large red swing at the entrance of the temple. It is one of Bangkok's oldest temples that also showcases door panels carved from hand using teakwood, stunning murals and a magnificent chapel that has a broad roof.


Wat Benjamabhopit

Referred to as Wat Benja by the locals, this temple is famous for being the temple displayed at the back of the 5-baht coins. The main temple and the external walls of this temple were built using imported Italian marble, giving it the nickname "The marble temple"


Wat Traimit

Located at the top of Yaowarat road, Wat Traimit is a white and gold temple that consists of several levels. The temple's key attractions are its dazzling architectural styles and a 5-metre-tall statue of Buddha made from solid gold.


Wat Arun

Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok's key attractions that attracts millions of visitors each year. The temple is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river and one of the best ways to admire this temple is by a Chao Phraya cruise similar to the that offered by Anantara cruises Bangkok Thailand.


Wat Pho

The temple of the reclining Buddha or Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. The temple was named after an Indian monastery which many believe that Lord Buddha inhabited. The temple consists of a golden statue 43 metres wide and 15 metres of Lord Buddha reclining.


Wat Phra Kaew

Situated on the premises of the Grand Palace, the Wat Phra Kaew is one of Thailand's most spiritual temples that is frequented by a large number of local devotees. A statue of Lord Buddha carved from a 66-centimetre slab of emerald named the Emerald Buddha is one of the most adored statues of Bangkok is one of the temple's main attractions.


Wat Mahatat

Constructed during the Ayutthaya period of the country, Wat Mahatat is a Royal temple that possesses the highest class, 1 out of only 10 other temples to possess this honour. It is mostly used for Royal ceremonies due to it being located between the Royal Palace and the Grand Palace.


Wat Prayoon

The Wat Prayoon was constructed during the reign of King Rama III on the western riverbank of the Chao Phraya river. The temple's key attractions include a pagoda-shaped like a massive inverted bell and turtle mountain- a mountain that is home to several spirit houses and a pond with turtles that visitors can feed.