:: Temples

Wipassana Buddhist Meditation Center
Wat Mahatat, 3 Maharaj Rd, Bangkok Tel: +66 2 222 6011

Buddhist Association of Thailand
41 Phra Athit Road Tel: +66 2 281 9563

The World Fellowship of Buddhists
33 Sukhumvit Road Tel: +66 2 251 1180 to 90

Young Buddhist Association of Thailand
58/8 (Soi Thipniyom 2) Phetkasem 54, Bangduan, Phasi Charoen
Tel: +66 2 413 3131, 413 1706, 413 1958

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River with Arun Amarin Road at its back, it can be reached by boat from Tha Chang Pier near Wat Phra Kaeo or Tha Tian Pier near Wat Pho. Constructed in the early 19th century by King Rama III, it is attractive in its striking prangs (a kind of pagoda) which are decorated with millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain. Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Tel: 02-466-3167

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
Wat Benchamabophit is one of the most modern works of Thai religious architecture where the relics of King Rama V are enshrined. Graceful and tranquil, it is famous for its main chapel built in white Carara Italian marble to house a replica of Thailand's most beautiful Buddha image. Phra Phutthachinnarat. Si Ayutthaya Road near Chitralada Palace, Bangkok

Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon or Temple of Reclining Buddha)
Located next to the Grand Palace on the south side, this is the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Wat Pho is well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high. Besides, it was the first open university of Thailand which used to offer courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, archaeology, astrology and medicine. Chetuphon Road , Bangkok Tel: 02-221-9911

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Gold Buddha)
This temple is well known for its 3-metre tall, 5.5 tonne solid gold Buddha image, constructed over 700 years ago during the Sukhothai period. Originally the gold image was covered with plaster to conceal it from the invading Burmese and was just rediscovered accidentally about 40 years ago. East end of Yaowarat Road Tel: 02-623-1226

Wat Suthat
Wat Suthat is a good place to see the blend of Thai art and Chinese art, the style which flourished in the reign of King Rama III (1824 - 1851). The main features include a large cast bronze presiding Buddha, the beautiful murals in the main building, and splendid carving door leaves which are replicas of the masterpiece of King Rama II. Bamrung Muang Road , Bangkok

Wat Ratchabophit
Located to the south of Wat Suthat, this temple was built in the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910). Its striking features are the temple hall and the pagoda which are decorated with five-colour (or benjarong) ceramics. The temple hall is in Gothic style. The doors and windows are elaborately decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay and bas-reliefs. Ratchabophit Road , Bangkok

Wat Ratchanatdaram
This royal temple was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846. It is famous for its Loha Prasat (Metal Castle) standing to the west of the main temple. It is square in shape with 3 storeys and 37 spires, which symbolize 37 qualities contributing to enlightenment in Buddhism. Inside this chedi is enshrined an urn containing relics of the Buddha. Despite its name, there is no metal part in the whole structure except the lightning rods fixed to the pagoda tops. Presently, it is the only one of its kind left in the world. At the corner of Ratchadamnoen Rd. & Mahachai Rd, Bangkok

Wat Thepthidaram
Wat Thepthidaram was built between 1836 and 1839 by command of King Rama III. The exquisite designs in this temple constitute the four directional Stupas created by court artisans and the mural paintings on the walls of the main temple. Mahachai Road , Next to Wat Ratchanadda, Bangkok

Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)
This temple is well-known for its golden chedi atop the Golden Mount of a height of 77 metres. Climbing up the stairs to the top of the mount, visitors can have a stunning panoramic view of Rattanakosin Island. Off Ratchadamnoen Avenue, opposite to Wat Ratchanadda across a canal, Bangkok Tel: 02-223-4561

Wat Mahathat
Situated across the street from Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Mahathat was built in the reign of King Rama I and houses one of Thailand's two Buddhist universities. The International Buddhist Meditation Centre is also situated in the temple. Those interested in Buddhist meditation can contact the monks in Section 5 of the temple. Na Phrathat Road , Bangkok