This article explores 5 of the most beautiful and magnificent temples in Bangkok
As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is an important part of the country. Since Buddhism is the main religion in the country, Bangkok has an abundance of some of the most famous and ancient temples in the country. To be able to sample the best, you can consider staying at Lancaster Bangkok, a Bangkok 5 Star hotel that offers professional hotel services and is also in close proximity to most of these temples. Here is a list of the 5 most beautiful ones.
a) Wat Pho – come and see the largest reclining Buddha in the country
This temple is considered as the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok. It is also the home of the largest reclining Buddha sculpture in Thailand. The golden reclining Buddha stands at a massive 15 meters in height, and is 46 meters long. The temple lies in a huge compound that has hundreds of Buddha Statues, colourful stupas and beautifully manicured gardens.
b) Wat Phra Kaew – peak inside the most sacred temple in Thailand
It is considered as the most sacred temple in Thailand. This can perhaps explain why tourists throng this temple to witness its magnificence. It is also referred to as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha statue is considered as the protective image of the Thai people, and has been in existence for over 2000 years.
c) Wat Arun – enjoy the sight of the “Temple of Dawn”
This sheer size of this temple is what makes it a great spectacle especially during the sunset when it is lit. It is actually named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. To access the temple, one needs to use a boat. This temple is also on the back of the 10-baht coin.
d) Wat Saket – come see a temple on top of an artificial hill
Also referred to as The Temple of the Golden Mount, this is one of the few architectural masterpieces in Bangkok. Its story dates back to the 18th century when King Rama III faced the challenge of building a temple on marshy ground. This resulted in builder building a solid mound that would support a heavy structure.
e) Wat Traimit – come witness the biggest solid gold of a seated Buddha
Also referred to as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, this temple hosts the statue of the largest solid gold Buddha in a seated position. it was made in the 13th century, and it even had to covered with plaster as a means of wading off thieves. It was only in 1955 when it was being moved to the Wat Traimit that workers accidentally broke part of the plaster and revealed its original content.
Although there are more than 400 temples in Bangkok, these are some of the most famous ones. You will also come across many more splendid ones.