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Must visit religious places in Bangkok - Immerse in the spiritual side of Bangkok!

Bangkok has so many beautiful and ornate temples that it can get bewildering which ones to visit. Read on to decide on some of the best religious places you should visit while in Bangkok.


Wat Pho

It is among the most ancient of temples in Thailand and was constructed long before Bangkok became the capital of Bangkok. The largest resting statue of the Buddha can be found here in this temple. The length is 46 meters and has a height of 15 meters. The statue of the Buddha is covered in gold leaf, and the hall is full of vivid paintings.
The temple grounds have an extent of 80,000 square meters, with multiple stupas bearing sacred relics. There is also chanting halls, pergolas, gardens, and many life-sized stone statues.


Wat Benchamabophit

It is sometimes referred to as the marble temple as it was made purely out of imported marble from Italy. Similar to Wat Pho, it is a favourite among tourists, so, can get crowded some days.
The temple has a beautiful design with high gables, a marbled courtyard, and details in gold and lacquer adorned across the walls and ceilings. There are 52 images of the Buddha surrounding the meeting hall and is among the main highlights. Each statue takes on a different mudra (pose) and displays hand and body positions unique to a Buddha.


Wat Saket

The temple is placed high above an 80-meter hill found in the middle of Bangkok city centre. It has to be reached via 300 steps. From ground level what is noticeable is the large golden pagoda that contains the sacred relics of the Buddha.
The festival of Loi Krathong is performed from here each year. It is perhaps one of the most famous festivals in Thailand. This is where devotees free hundreds of small boats made out of banana leaves into the rivers. It is done to honour the goddess living in the water. It is truly a beautiful sight to see, where a candle is placed within and is freed into the river.


Wat Suwannaram

This was first named Wat Thong and later converted into an execution area throughout the Burmese war. Later on, it transformed into a crematorium for the royals. King Rama, I directed its restoration in the 18th century.
The main attractions are the golden-hued Buddha and the paintings in red that adorn the walls and roofs. The grounds of the temple are beautiful, with a small pool with a tiny library at the heart of it. A peaceful respite in the middle of Bangkok.


Wat Prayoo

Just steps aside from the Chao Praya River, this little white temple is encircled by gardens and has a pool for turtles and elegantly painted roofs. It includes a wiharn and an ordination hall decorated with colourful presentations.
The most notable building here is the Ayutthaya-styled 80-meter in height white stupa, which enshrines the Buddha's relics. There is no shortage of places to stay here, but if you are looking for luxury serviced apartments in Bangkok you can try the likes of Ascott Sathorn Bangkok.

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