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Temples of Bangkok–Immerse yourself in Spiritual Architectural Spectacles

A nation that houses a population that is over 95% Buddhist, Thailand is a hub for breathtaking Temples. Locally known as 'wats,' these temples have much to admire in terms of architecture.

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Wat Arun

If it makes its way onto the monetary currency, it has definitely got to be important. The WatArun is one of the many wonders of Thailand that is featured in a 10-baht coin. Locally translated to the temple of the Dawn, the Wat Arun features the famous phraprang (towers), which are covered in tiny pieces of colorful Chinese ceramics. A type of construction that was pioneered by King Rama II, completion of the temple took place only during the period of King Rama III (1824-1851). Although the highlight of the temple is its famous towers, this is only a minute part of the temple complex which also happens to feature lovely white buildings, shrines, ponds and tiny lanes.

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Wat Phra Kaew

The Emerald Buddha that is seated within the Wat Phra Kaew is among the nation's most religiously revered sights. Since photographs cannot be taken inside the temple premises, be sure to purchase a post card of this exquisite place of worship. Located on the grounds of the legendary Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha enshrines a special Buddha statue that is carved entirely out of a single block of jade.

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Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit

Home of Maha chulalongkorn raja vidyalaya University, the WatMahathatYuwaratrangsarit though not remarkably beautiful is definitely one of the most religiously significant temples in the city. Constructed during the Ayutthaya period, the temple still exhibits an array of remnants from the years gone by. The temple is strategically located in the heart of the city in close proximity to famous attractions like the Grand Palace. For tourists this is a plus point since this temple can be covered from most accommodations in the region. If you are staying at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok -which is arguably the best hotel in Sukhumvit, the temple is not too far off.

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Wat Pho

The home of the famous reclining Buddha of Bangkok, this is one temple that must not be missed for the Buddha statue housed here is absolutely colossal. Spanning a length of 26 meters, this Buddha statue emulates an aura of serenity and is one of the most tranquilizing spots in the city. It is grandly constructed this statue; covered entirely in a gold leaf, even the soles of the statue are inlaid with mother-of-pearl, depicting the 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha.

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Wat Benchamabophitr

Also known as 'the Marble Temple' the exquisite Wat Benchamabophitr is a royal monastery that is considered by many as a Thai architectural masterpiece. Constructed using marble imported from Italy, the temple exhibits typical European neo-classical influences. Founded by King Rama V in the year 1900, the temple was constructed in close proximity to the Chitralada Palace. Upon the king's death, his ashes were buried inside the ordination hall under a Buddha statue of the Sukhothai-style.

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