For many, Bangkok’s beautiful temples are not only a place of worship, merit-making, and cultural experience but also a source of artistic inspiration. However, it can be difficult to choose which temple to visit, especially when you’re short on time. Let us make your life easier, and your vacation a little bit better. Here are the Top 9 Temples To Visit In Bangkok, in no particular order.

At the end of this article, you will find a map showing the cited temples.

1.Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

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This famous temple was built in the eighteenth century, during the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Situated near the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram is unlike the other temples in that it does not contain the living quarters of monks. Its elaborate designs, gorgeous statues, and pagodas draw many visitors to the temple each day. Ever since the reign of King Rama III, it has been rebuilt every 50 years.

Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm (Ticket must be purchased at least 1 day in advance)
Nearest Transportation: 750 m from Tha Chang Express Boat Pier/ 800 m from MRT Sanam Chai (Blue Line)
Entry Fee: Free for Thai People, 500 THB for non-Thai tourists

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2.Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn)

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An ancient temple built in the Ayutthaya Period, Wat Arun is known for its massive prang encrusted with colorful glazed porcelain tiles and seashells, giant “monster” statues, Buddha statues, and the bell tower. The best photos of Wat Arun can be taken from Tha Tian Pier at sunset.

Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai
Opening Hours: 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
Nearest Transportation: Wat Arun Express Boat Pier/ 900 m walk from MRT Itsaraphap (Blue Line)
Entry Fee: Free for Thai People, 100 THB for non-Thai tourists

To know more about Wat Arun, check out Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Wat Arun

3.Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan (Wat Pho)

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Famed for its enormous gold-plated Reclining Buddha image, the third largest Buddha in the country, Wat Pho is also Thailand’s first public university and a part of UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MOW). Inside the temple, there are 1,360 marble inscriptions on medical, historical and liberal sciences for people to read and learn. At this unique temple, there are always world-famous traditional Thai massage lessons and services going on. Wat Pho is a must for those of you who want an original Thai massage from the best hands in Bangkok.

Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
Nearest Transportation: 150 m from Tha Tien Express Boat Pier/ 220 m walk from MRT Sanam Chai (Blue Line)
Entry Fee: Free for Thai People, 100 THB for non-Thai tourists

To know more about Wat Pho, check out Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Wat Pho In Bangkok

4.Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawiharn (Phu Khao Thong or Golden Mountain)

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Situated outside the Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok is one of the city’s oldest temples. The story was that King Rama III’s giant jedi collapsed due to the soil conditions in Bangkok during the time, and the abandoned structure was overgrown with weeds and started to resemble the shape of a natural hill. Later, King Rama IV ordered the construction of a small jedi on the hill, and had a relic of the Buddha placed inside the jedi. To reach the top of the Golden Mountain, you must climb 318 steps up the hill. Once you’ve reached the top, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Bangkok. It’s an extremely popular attraction, especially during sunset hours. This is a temple for the more adventurous ones.

Address: 344 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Opening Hours: 7.30 am to 7.00 pm
Nearest Transportation: 1.3 km from MRT Sam Yot (Blue Line)/ Bus number 8, 15, 37, 47, 49 air-con 37, 49
Entry Fee: Free 

To know more about Wat Saket, check out Golden Mountain Temple (Wat Saket): Bangkok´s Temple in The Sky

5.Wat Kalayanamit Worahamawiharn

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This temple in Krungthonburi is known for its enormous statue of Luang Por Toh (Phra Buddha Trai Rattanayok). Luang Por Toh is highly revered by Chinese people, who refer to him as ‘Sam Por Hug Kong’ or ‘Sam Por Kong’. Additionally, Wat Kalayanamit’s bell tower holds the biggest bell in Thailand. This temple is also the only one in Thailand with the Buddha image in Palilai position, which is the Buddha sitting with his legs hanging down and a left palm on his knee. Inside, there are paintings depicting the Buddha’s biography as well as Thai villagers’ way of life during the reign of King Rama III and IV, and a library of Buddhist scriptures.

Address: 371 Soi Arun Amarin 6, Wat Kanlaya, Thon Buri
Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Nearest Transportation: 1.4 km from MRT Itsaraphap (Blue Line)/ Wat Kalayanamit Pier
Entry Fee: Free 

6.Wat Rakhang Kositaram Woramahawihan

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Located near Wang Lang Market, a place known amongst locals for food, clothing, and other things, Wat Rakhang is one of the oldest temples and once carried the ancient bell in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The king who had the bell removed ordered the construction of five new bells to place inside this temple, which is how Wat Rakhang (Or Bell Temple) got its name.

Address: 250 Arun Amarin Rd, Siri Rat, Bangkok Noi
Opening Hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Nearest Transportation: 2 km from MRT Itsaraphap (Blue Line), take a red flag express boat to Wat Rakhang Pier
Entry Fee: Free 

7.Wat Chana Songkram

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Chana Songkram literally means winning a war, which aligns with the belief that if you pray at Wat Chana Songkram, you will overcome all difficulties and achieve great things. This temple was a center of the Mon (Burmese hilltribe) sect of Buddhism after the king granted the Mon troops a reward for helping the Thais in the war against the Burmese. This sacred temple is located near Khao San Road, which makes it very ideal for those who want to experience the shops, restaurants, bars, and overall nightlife at Khao San after some merit-making.

Address: Chakrabongse Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon
Opening Hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Nearest Transportation: 1.8 km from MRT Sanam Chai/ 550 m from Phra Arthit Pier
Entry Fee: Free 

8.Wat Bowonniwet Vihara Rajaworavihara (Wat Bowon)

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Wat Bowon is the residence of members of the royal family who enter monkhood and has been the residence of many supreme patriarchs of the Buddhist Church in Thailand. This dignified temple also houses Mahamakut Rajavittayalai, Thailand’s first Buddhist institution of the higher education. Inside, there are large golden Buddha images, the Phra Phuttha Chinasi.

Address: 248 Phra Sumen Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon
Opening Hours: 6.00 am to 6.30 pm
Nearest Transportation: 2.3 km from MRT Sanam Chai/ 750 m from Phra Arthit Pier (Express boat)
Entry Fee: Free 

9.Wat Suthat Thepwararam (Wat Suthat)

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Known for the towering Giant Red Swing that stands at its entrance, this temple is one of the oldest and most impressive in Bangkok. It features an elegant chapel with a sweeping roof, magnificent wall murals, and exquisite hand-carved teakwood door panels. The temple’s construction was commissioned by King Rama I to shelter the 13th-century bronze Buddha image transported by boat from Sukhotai but was finally completed during King Rama III’s reign. Today, it houses the monument of King Rama VIII with his urn and ashes. Every year on the 9th of June, Thais gather to make merit for King Rama VIII. The Ubosot or ordination hall of the temple contains Phra Phuttha Trilokachet and several exquisite murals. This Ubosot is said to be the largest and longest in Thailand with the construction taking over 10 years. This is another very popular temple to visit, and there are several great restaurants in the area including Bangkok’s famous Chinatown.

Address: 146 Bamrung Mueang Rd, Wat Ratchabophit, Phra Nakhon
Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Nearest Transportation:  650 m from MRT Sam Yot
Entry Fee: Free for Thai People, 20 THB for non-Thai tourists

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