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Over the years, Thailand has become one of the most competitive Asian Countries. While it is essential for any government to progress and develop its way of living and make the most out of its resources, it is but important too to value whatever there is in the country’s history.
In this article, we are going to tackle the must see temples you will find in the capital and what to expect on each attractions.
What is a trip to Thailand without visiting the grandeur Grand Palace? It was built in 1782 and was home for the Thai Kingdom for 150 years. It was intricately made showcasing the talent of Thais in terms of Architecture and Art. Covered with gold and different statues representing the Thai culture, it now serves as the heart of the Kingdom.
When visiting the Palace, women specifically, should wear a decent wardrobe that is long enough to cover the legs. It is a solemn place that’s why visitors are expected to be modest while roaming around the palace. Nonetheless, there are Malongs for rent outside the palace if you don’t have any other long apparel to choose from.
WAT PHRA KAEW (TEMPLE OF EMERALD BUDDHA)
It is considered to be the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha or officially known as WAT PHRA RATTANA SATSADARAM is located within the vicinity of the Grand Palace in the historic center of the capital. It was meticulously carved out of jade, one of the most beautiful gems ever discovered and is perfect for recreating temples and monuments in most of the Asian countries.
WAT PHO (TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA)
Wat Pho or popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is still part of the complex near The Grand Palace. The figure is covered in gold leaf and extends up to 46 meters long.
Just like in the Grand Palace, visitors are expected to wear the appropriate attire while inside the place and anyone who wishes to see the Reclining Buddha close-up should remove their shoes before going inside the temple.
Locally known as Wat Chaeng, Wat Arun is located on the west part of the Chao Phraya River. It is considered to be the most beautiful temple in Bangkok. Aside from the fact that it is situated on the riverside, it is also constructed and designed differently from all the other temples built around the capital.
Also known as the Golden Mount, it is crowned with a stunning gold façade. Though it already went through a major renovation during the reign of King Rama I’s, Wat Saket remained to be one of the most sought after temples in Bangkok.
One of the most beautiful facts about the Wat Traimit is that it was actually discovered accidentally! It houses the largest seated gold Buddha in the world, covering five meters in height and weighing five and a half tons.
Also known as the Metal Castle, Loha Prasat was submitted to UNESCO in 2005 to qualify as part of the world heritage list, considering its historical contributions and importance to that of Bangkok. Just like the other temples in the capital, it is also one majestic architecture that uses gold as its dominant material.
The original purpose of the temple was built to house the relics of the Buddha, It is also one of the oldest temples in the capital. There is also a belief that when you whisper your wishes and pleads inside the temple, it probably will come true. Just right beside the temple are the amulet vendors that sell luck chains and pendants. The locals believe that purchasing such will bless and bring the bearer money, good health, or even ward off evil.
Considered to be one of the most impressive and oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Suthat is also known for the high red giant swing standing at its entrance. It was constructed to house the 13th Century bronze Buddha from Sukhotai.
WAT BENJAMABHOPIT (WAT BENJA)
Also known as The Marble Temple, Wat Benja was built during the reign of King Rama V. This temple is often visited by government officials as it is situated near many government offices and palaces.
Also known as Wat Rua Lek, this temple features a large inverted bell shaped pagoda and a pond where guests are allowed to feed the turtles.
The temple has a circular courtyard covering its prayer and ordination hall. You can also visit the large pagoda, commonly known as a Chedi that contains a seated Buddha image.
While Thailand offers several of things to do and visit for both locals and tourists, it is also an adventure to see the beauty of a country’s Heritage and Tradition. It is only through this that a foreigner can understand the reason behind every practice of the locals. Knowing their culture and practises will allow them to appreciate and understand the country more.