A trip to Bangkok is never complete unless you spend a couple of days temple-hopping. There are around 400 big and small Buddhist temples in the Thai capital. No, they are not all the same. During my trip to Bangkok, I spent a day checking out the most famous and touristy of them all, after all it was my first time in the city. These beautiful temples have to be in your Bangkok itinerary for a multitude of reasons including culture, architecture, spirituality & history. Even though religion and me don’t really get along, I would still recommend visiting the temples of Bangkok, if you are ever in town. Curated by Via.com for me and Aditi, this temple tour turned out to be a surreal experience I would love to re-live.
The most important and magnificent of them all is the The Temple of Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, located within the Grounds of Grand Palace (the King’s residence). This temple hosts Thailand’s most revered statue – The Emerald Buddha which is carved on a block of jade and shows Buddha in a meditating posture. This temple gallery which is almost two km long, depicts scenes from the Indian epic of Ramayana in the form of beautiful paintings. Temple Tour Bangkok
Next one on our list was Wat Pho or The Temple of The Reclining Buddha. Our guide informed me that Wat Pho is named after a Monastery in India where Buddha spent a lot of time. This one was bustling with tourists and rightly so. The 43 meter long, 15 meter high statue of reclining Buddha is a treat to the eyes, and has a soothing effect on the soul. I had seen a lot of pictures of this temple but none of them did justice to what the eyes saw and I felt this temple is too beautiful for words. We spent a lot of time admiring the Buddha statue. Even though the place was crowded with people, there was a strange sense of calm that engulfed me here.Temple Tour Bangkok
Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn is yet another pretty temple that seems to be just out of a picture postcard. Situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this is the temple that’s embossed on the 10 Baht coin as well! Wat Arun is a very pretty sight at dawn, with the first rays of the sun coloring it up a certain shade of gold. And sunset here is out of the world too! Temple Tour Bangkok Temple Tour Bangkok
Wat Benjamabhopit or Marble Temple was next up in the agenda. This one is famous for it’s Italian marble walls. But that’s not what caught my attention. I loved the red and gold embellishments all over and spent a lot of time wandering around its long corridors, staring at this great marvel of Thai architecture. Wat Benja also finds place on the Thai currency of 5 Bhat, and rightly so. Temple Tour Bangkok
Our day got even better when we stumbled upon this pretty temple before heading to the Bangkok Flower Market. I don’t remember the name of this one, and we could not go inside because it was closed by the time we reached. On my next visit to the country, I am putting aside a day to see the temples I missed this time. Because, a trip to Bangkok is never complete without a temple tour across town.