Buddhist Temples in Bangkok, Thailand

Temple is a place of worship for Buddhists. The majority of Thailand population are Buddhist. There are many historic temple in Thailand, some are still used for worship, some have functioned as a museum. I have summarized.


Wat Thepthidaram

Built between 1836 to 1839, on the orders of King Rama III, this temple has a typical Thai-style architecture of the time with a few touches of Chinese architecture. Temple has another name Wat Ban Phraakrai Suanluang, previously established to give as a gift to Prince Apsornsudathep.

At the ordination hall (Ubosot) there is a Chinese ceramic decoration, some Chinese statues and white marbled statues of Buddha or Luang Phor Khao Phra Buddha Devavilasa. The walls were also adorned by a charming frescoes. Truly reflects the architecture of the Ayutthaya period.


Wat Suwannaram (Thonburi)

The temple is known for its beautiful frescoes, built during the reign of King Taksin. At that time, the temple was used to execute prisoners Burma. At the time of the reign of King Rama I and King Rama III, the temple is slightly renewal and given the name as it exists today. In fact, until the reign of King Rama V, the temple is several times used as a place for members of the royal cremation and the Kingdom officer.

As previously disclosed, the wall paintings in the temple is amazing. Tells the story of Buddha and Jatakas Dasa on one side and three on the other side of the world. Painting Thong Khong Yu and Pae as legendary artists on the walls is much admired by the expert in modern art.


Wat Ratchapradit

Built by King Rama IV between 1851 to 1868, the temple was adopted Cambodian temple architecture, especially in the pagoda. At that time, the temple is dedicated to Buddhism Thammayut Nikai and first devoted to coffee cultivation.

Temple located near the Grand Palace and Wat Ratchabophit, have Ubosot hall (ordination) decorated with marble floor is gray and white colored. The temple is rich in wood carvings, while for the gates and windows are partially covered by gold. Then, for doors interior, made ??by pearl from China. The roof is very beautiful as a rose patterned crimson and gold, really excellent design detail. The walls were decorated with paintings depicting royal ceremonies.

The altar in the temple is also no less memorable. In addition there is a figure of Phra Buddha Sihing, in which also stored the ashes of King Rama IV.


Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan

36-meter-high building with 37 poles tapered to make the temple look striking when viewed from Rachamanoen Road. Gabled roof is a symbol of truth into the light or commonly referred to as Bodhipak Khiyadhamma.

Inside are the ordination hall. There are also Loha Prasat as a holy place in this building. If you go up to the top floor, right in the center, visitors will find a statue of Buddha. Another replica of the statue is actually also be found in India and Sri Lanka. However, it turns out almost all the damage, making statues at Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan be the only one left among its kind.


Wat Ratchabophit

If you want to see the beautiful temples decorated with gold plated, you need to come to Wat Ratchabophit. Built in the 19th century, this temple has a temple and ordination hall design with hand-painted ceramics and glass doors and windows gold plated. There is also a circular courtyard that connects the two main building.

In the south, there is a special area of ??the temple monks and workers. While in the west, there is a small monuments containing the ashes of the royal family members, such as the Queen, boys and girls of King Rama V, as well as members of other work.

Inside there is a statue of the famous gold-plated Buddha, Phra Buddha Ankhiros. The Buddha figure in meditation pose above the ashes of King Rama VII, a king who inherited this temple from the previous king. In the vicinity there are eight stone pillars, engraved on top which is the legal wheels in each pillar. There is also a very interesting stupa, which included a wide range of statues of Buddha various postures.


Wat Rakhang

Name Wat Rakhang interpreted as “The Temple of Bells”. As the name implies, from the basement found a bell at this temple was built. Built by King Rama I in the late 18th century, the temple consists of four architectural style roof Ayutthaya period.

However, during the reign of King Rama II. He moved the bell to Wat Phra Kaew. Instead, the King is sending five smaller bells to the temple Wat Rakhang. All five were placed in a large bell tower called the Ho Trai.


Wat Intharawihan

Phenomenal statue called Luang Phaw Toh is believed to bring happiness to anyone. At the foot of the giant statue, there are Buddha statue that other smaller ones, here a regular visitor laid flowers thanksgiving marks. All around, a lot of people selling birds in cages. Thailand nations believe if someone releases a bird at the feet of the Buddha, it is believed that the person will get prosperity, wealth, and success.

Being in Wisut Kasat Road, or next selatang Banglamphu, this temple is really accentuate the impression of majestic religious. If the approach even further, for example in Ubisot hall, visitors will be able to find Buddha statues among beautiful walls and glass filled with carvings. There is also a small museum inside which contains various statues of Buddha complete with a variety of classical painting.

The temple has another name Indravihan Wat, was built during the rule of King Rama IV in the late Ayutthaya period in 1867. With the condition of the temples were amazing, of course, the construction should take no less, that is 60 years old. In fact, this temple has been awarded the title as the highest temple in the world.


Wat Chana Songkhram

Built during the Ayutthaya dynasty, the temple is a blend of ancient heritage and tranquility of the temples in the present. Wat Chana Songkhram is located near Khao San Road and Soi Sawasdee. Until now, the temple is an example of the temple that survived among ordinary people because it is often visited by tourists.

Temple which was restored in 1787 by King Rama I has a small building but shady yard. This temple was built after the “Nine Troops War”. Thus, the meaning of the name of this temple is "Victory in War".

Inside there is a statue of Buddha in a pose phenomenal down and called the Phra Buddha Norasee Trilokachet. This statue has been there since the reign of King Rama I. There are also 15 other statues were also derived from the era of King Rama I. A pair of ivory can also be found in the hall Ubosot. There is a statue of the newer than another statue, the statue of King Taksin.


Wat Bowonniwetwihan

Located on the northeast island of Rattanakosin, Wat Bowonniwetwihan serves Chinese architecture style buildings. The sanctity of this temple makes it important for the nation of Thailand. Temple has another name Wat Mai was built in 1826 by Prince Maha Sakdipolsep (the son of king Rama III) between the old walls Phra Sumen Road.

There are so many important figures of Thai kingdom who spent most of his life in this place. Started by Prince Mongkut monks as abbot in 1836. Before ascending the throne to King Rama IV, had become a pastor for 27 years and 14 years as abbot of Wat Bowonniwetwihan. He made Thammayutika Nikaya, orders of hermitage, and eventually founded the University of Mahamakut around the temple, which is the second of Buddhist university.

Besides Prince Mongkut monks, there is also the King Rama VI, King Rama VII, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who decided to become a priest in the temple. This makes Wat Bowonniwetwihan as patron members Chakri Dynasty. While at the present time, Prince Vajiralongkorn and his son has decided to become a priest here.


Wat Benchamabophit

Known as the marble temple, the temple is really shows the beautiful architecture. Located near the Dusit Palace, this temple is the most modern temple in Thailand. This temple was built in 1899 at the request of the king Chululongkorn (Ring Rama V) to his half-brother Prince Narris to design a temple. So, then the meaning is the temple of Wat Benchamabophit fifth king. Figure Wat Benchamabophit be found in the 5-baht coin.

The temple has the best wooden roof in Thailand, Wat Benchamabophit looked awesome seen from a short distance and long distance. The main place is in this temple is Ubosot hall, where the floor is made from Italian marble. In the monastery Ubosot hall, visitors can find 52 kinds of statues of Buddha, while the remaining 33 original sculptures only replicas. This Buddha statue was brought in from around the country of Thailand, some are imported from outside the State. Each statue has a different style and pose, one has to teach body gestures, walking, to bow their heads. In the back of the monastery not far from there, there is a huge Bodhi tree. The tree is a gift to the king Bod Gaya Rama V and was used as a place of enlightenment.


Wat Traimit

Located at the end of Chinatown Yaowarat Road, near Railway Station Hualampong, Wat Traimit is a temple has sits Buddha statue, made from pure of gold. The size is the largest in the world, measuring nearly five feet tall and weighing 5.5 tons.

Gold Buddha statue was originally completely covered with cement plaster to hide from the enemies who came later to attack Thailand. Formerly the statue was placed in the main building Choti-Naram Wat temple or Phrayakrai, Yannawa District, Bangkok in the third reign Chakkri Ratanakosin Dynasty era.


Wat Suthat

One of the oldest temple with an elegant roof. In front of the temple stands a red gate called the "Giant Swing", usually done here the harvest ceremony or celebration that will be held every mid-December.

At the ceremony there will be young men who will swing using a large beam that hung to the mast "Giant Swing" as high as 80 meters. When rotating in full, these young men will try to take the silver work together with their teeth. The accident that ended in the death has happened a few times at this ceremony were finally stopped in 1932, but remained thanksgiving ceremony that celebrated in mid-December after the harvest.


The Golden Mount and Wat Saket

Being on the top of a hill crowned with glittering gold chedi, also known as the Golden Mount, or 'Phu Khao Thong'. The location is in Wat Saket, an unusual temple, used as storage relics of the Buddha. The high of the temple is about 58 meters in height and the dome is made from gold.

Built by King Rama I, just outside the walls of the new town, the last temple in the 18th century were used as the center of crematorium. Over the next 100 years, the temple became a dumping ground for some 60,000 plague victims.

Gold Dome is added to the building in the early of 19th century, when King Rama III built a large chedi on top of the ruins. Buddhist leader said that religious buildings can not be destroyed, and many years later King Rama V piled debris with another chedi where he placed the relic.

Visit the temples and then climb 318 steps to reach the gold dome. Seeing Buddhists who visit and offered flowers and candles on the moon that they think will bring blessings. When you climb to the top, you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Bangkok city. The dome is covered with small gold box glistening with reflected sunlight. Therefore this place given the name Golden Mount.


Wat Arun

Wat Arun, the local residents are known as Wat Chaeng, located in the west (Thonburi) of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is classified as first class Royal temples. This place is an old temple, built in ancient times as the capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya and was originally known as "Wat Makok". Then when the capital was moved to Thonburi, King Thaksin change the name of this place being "Wat Chaeng". King Rama IV and then re-create the additional restoration and once again changed the name of the later temples survive to this day "Wat Arunratchawararam". Most people call it "Wat Arun".

This temple has grown in the era of Rattanakosin Period. The architectural beauty and fine workmanship make it a first class temple and one of the most prominent temples in Thailand. The peak towers of Wat Arun are reflected on the banks of the Chao Phraya River is one of the famous sights in Bangkok. This temple has a magnificent tower (prang) over 70 meters tall, beautiful and decorated with small pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain placed carefully and thoroughly into the intricate patterns. As his nickname, known as the Temple of Dawn, this temple is really amazing when seen at sunset, especially when light up at night.


Wat Pho Temple

Wat Pho (The Temple of Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, located behind the beautiful of Emerald Buddha Temple. It is the largest temple in Bangkok and is famous for a large statue of Buddha. The temple was built in the 1688's as the Reclining Buddha. This gold-plated statue of 46 meters and a maximum length of 15 meters, while the eyes and feet covered by pearl shell. That is recalled when the Buddha entered Nirvana. Previously, Wat Pho is a first common occupation in the Kingdom of Siam, and until now there is still a traditional Thai massage education are very famous there. Open daily 8 am to 5 pm, entrance 20 baht. Are expected to wear appropriate clothing.

If you never tried a traditional Thai massage, Wat Pho is a good place to try. This is quite different from most other forms of massage therapy and tends to refresh rather than relaxing, incorporating yoga style postures to relieve stress and improve blood circulation. Cost is about 120 baht for half an hour or 200 baht per hour.


Wat Mahathat

Center and the biggest monastery in Thailand and is a Vipassana meditation center. Wat Mahathat is an important center for the study of Buddhism and meditation. Although most programs use the language of instruction in Thai, some in English, and this temple has become a popular place to learn Vipassana meditation method.

Although most programs use the language of Thailand, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn Vipassana (Insight Meditation). Classes are held every day. The time required for the practice of meditation practice will vary, each person will get an assistant who was a procession of monks and translating into English practice.

The temple was originally built for storage Buddha relic, and is one of the oldest temple in Bangkok. You can also predict your luck in the temple.


Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is considered as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic center of Bangkok, in the Grand Palace. The Buddha image that highly respected meticulously carved, made from jade stone is still intact. Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn) is the image of Buddha in a meditating position in the style of Lanna school of the north, from the 15th century.

Placed on a high platform, no one is allowed to approach the Buddha unless the Supreme King. A seasonal cloak, changed three times a year in accordance with the winter, summer and rainy season to wrap the statue. A very important ritual, turn cloak made only by the King to bring good fortune to the country during each season. The temple is beautifully decorated and has a sense of peace.

The construction of this temple started when King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other temples, providing or have a residence for monks, but only decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main building is the central 'ubosot' (ordination hall), which houses of the Emerald Buddha. Despite its small size, it is the most important icon for Thailand.

The tour guides will be available between 10:00 am-02:00 pm, and Personal Audio Guide (PAG) is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Remember that the temples is a sacred place and you should dressed appropriately. No shorts or sandals. Otherwise you will not be allowed to enter. There are also facilities that offer rental pants appropriate to your needs.


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