6 Fascinating temples In Bangkok you don’t want to miss | Opening times, prices and other tips


You got your ticket, now it’s time to start planning! On this page, you’ll find my tips for visiting Bangkok, specifically, its most beautiful temples.

If you already read my other articles or watched my videos, you’ll know that this city didn’t meet my expectations. You shouldn’t make the decision to visit Asia lightly, thinking it’ll be all fun and games. Bangkok, or other Asian cities, are nothing like the Western capitals we’re accustomed to. You can read more about this in my article: Love it or Hate it: this is why I’ll never go back to Bangkok.

Bangkok was one of the four destinations I visited during my trip to Asia. You can read all about it at this link: Asia: my travel itinerary | Thailand, China and Malaysia.

6 MUST-SEE TEMPLES IN BANGKOK

The idea for this blog post came from this YouTube video, one of my most popular ones. Lots of people got in touch to ask me questions so I decided to write an article to accompany the video.

Let’s get started!

1. The Grande Palace, the symbol of Thailand and the most important site in the city.
You will find a lot of people, both outside and inside the building, busy taking pictures of the beautiful view.

Entrance fee: 500 THB (about €15).

Opening times: daily, from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm.

Here’s my advice:

  • It’s best to go there in the morning so that you’ll have plenty of time to visit this large temple before closing time. You definitely don’t want to be rushed.
  • Once you get through the entrance gate, you’ll find yourself along a road that starts with an ice cream parlor and ends with the ticket office. You’ll be tempted to stop and get an ice cream, considering how hot it usually is. Unfortunately, the ice cream they sell tastes terrible (you’ve been warned!). On the upside, however, the ice cream is cold and refreshing so it’s better than nothing.

2. “Wat Bowonniwet Vihara”, a small but incredibly beautiful temple. I preferred it to other renowned temples because of its sacred atmosphere and because it’s less crowded. I was lucky enough to attend a Buddhist monks ceremony here.

Entrance fee: free.

Opening times: daily from 8 am until 6 pm.

Here’s my advice:

  • More than a suggestion, this is a requirement: leave the shoes outside the temple. For your personal hygiene, I suggest you always bring with you a pair of spare socks.
  • If you want to attend a ceremony or worship the Buddha, crouch on your knees or sit without turning the soles of your feet to the altar.
  • Be quiet and don’t take too many photos or you’ll disturb the people praying there.

3. The famous “Wat Pho”, one of Bangkok’s best-known temples. It’s the home of the famous reclining Buddha statue, which, unlike the one in Ayuttaya, is portrayed with his eyes open. The Wat Pho temple is also famous for its majestic beauty and for being the place where the first Thai massage school was born.

Entrance fee: 100 Bath (about 3 euros), which includes a bottle of water you can collect outside the temple.

Opening times: daily from 8.30 am until 6.30 pm.

Here’s my advice:

  • The same general advice for visiting Thai temples applies.
  • After leaving your shoes outside, you can find here disposable socks which can be useful if you don’t want to walk around barefoot.
  • Don’t end your visit after seeing the reclining Buddha. Outside, at the back of the main building, you will find a lovely garden and other lesser known temples, which are equally worth visiting.

4. Wat Indra Viharn: the Big Buddha. While the Wat Pho temple is famous for its reclining Buddha statue, Wat Indra Viharn is best known for its standing Buddha statue, which is 32-meters tall and weighs 5.5 tons.

Entrance fee: free

Opening times: daily from 6 am until 6 pm.

Here’s my advice:

This is the first temple tuk-tuk drivers usually stop at. On the way to the temple, you’ll come across a long road lined with market stalls. As you get closer to the temple, the smell of incense and spices fills the air and you’ll notice more and more people praying along the sidewalk. The biggest advice I can give you is to show respect and most importantly, don’t be loud.

 


5. Wat Traimit or the temple of the golden Buddha. The best words I can come up with to describe it are ‘opulence’ and ‘sobriety’. I know, I know – the words have opposite meanings, but you’ll get what I mean the minute you set foot inside. The great Buddha statue has a facial expression I’ll never forget, with delicate features and such an intense stare. There are two other, smaller Buddhas near the statute, all beautifully decorated with flowers, conveying, even more, the intensity of sacredness surrounding this site.

Entrance fee: free

Opening times: daily, from 9 am until 5 pm.

 


6Wat Arun, the temple of dawn. It is known to be one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok, but I don’t agree. Perhaps it’s because it was under renovation when I visited it or maybe I simply went there at the wrong time of the day (they suggest at sunset or at dawn).

Entrance fee: 50 Bath (about € 1.30) + approx. 20 Bath as a security deposit for renting a scarf to cover yourself.

Opening times: daily from 8.30 am until 5.30 pm.

 

Here’s my advice:

  • Once the renovation works have ended, I recommend climbing to the top only if you’re fit enough. You’ll ruin your day otherwise, the leg pain is unbearable!
  • As I mentioned earlier, everyone recommends visiting the temple at sunrise or at sunset. This Buddhist temple shines brightly when struck by light from the sunrise/sunset.
  • Don’t end your visit after visiting the temple. The gardens behind it are really beautiful and well-kept.
  • You can take the ferry to cross the river Chao Phraya. The ticket is about 4 Bath (€0.13) and the stop is just right outside the temple.

7The Golden Mount, known as Wat Saket. This is, by far, the most beautiful temple I visited in Bangkok. Not everyone includes it in their itinerary, but I think you totally should!  Perched atop a green hill, with a long white staircase, it offers a truly exceptional view of Bangkok. There are 344 steps to the top, but it’s not steep and there are spots along the climb where to stop and catch your breath.

Entrance fee: 20 Bath (about €0.50)

Opening times: daily from 7.30 am until 7 pm.

TEMPLES TO AVOID AND THE ONES I DIDN’T INCLUDE IN THIS LIST

I can’t tell you which ones to skip but I know, for sure, that those mentioned above must be part of your itinerary.

On the other hand, I can recommend some temples that I didn’t visit but that I know to be travelers’ favorites:

  • Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Wat Benchamabophit – Marble temple
  • Dusit Palace and its Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
  • Wat Suthat
  • The Giant Swing

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Valentina

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