Thailand never ceases to amaze because this is where one can quench their wanderlust. The land of opulent palaces and the world-famous Muay Thai martial art Thailand also boasts of ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples. Temples are a common sight in this beautiful country. Most importantly, their magnificent and unique designs are what grab a tourist’s attention. Whenever you plan to visit this country, do visit these temples to know how past relations with India changed its religious landscape. It was the relations with India that brought Buddhism to this beautiful land.
Wat Phra Dhammakaya: The largest temple in the world is right here in Thailand. Is this not reason enough to visit this beautiful country? If you love things larger than life, then this is the place for you. The temple is built on a massive expanse of land 800 acres of land. Despite the gargantuan area, the main attraction is the 700,000 Buddha statues inside the temple’s massive sphere-shaped cetiya.
Location: 23 Khlong Sam, Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
Visiting hours: Open 24 hours
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple: This temple is not that ancient since it was built by Indian settlers in the 19th century. Since the Britishers colonised the country. Nevertheless, the Indian connection is still there. The temple’s South Indian design is unique in Thailand since its facade has a florid style with carved images of various gods and goddesses of varying sizes.
Location: 2 Pan Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Visiting Hours: 06 am-08 pm Mon-Thu, 06 am-09 pm Fri, 06 am-08.30 pm Sat & Sun
Wat Arun: The sacred 13th-century temple is the most distinguishable of them all since it often appears in Thailand postcards and other souvenirs. The temple with a conical spire is more than 400 meters high. Unlike other temples, this one has been restored to its original glory.
Location: Opposite Tha Thien Pier, Khet Bangkok Yai
Visiting hours: 08 am-05 pm
Wat Traimit: Also known as the temple of the golden Buddha, this temple originated somewhere between 13th and 14 century during the Sukhothai Dynasty. The highlight of this temple is the 10 feet tall seated Gold Buddha weighing five and a half tonnes. For many years the golden statue was covered with glass to protect it from invading armies. Such historical significance draws immense tourist attraction.
Location: 661 Charoen Krung Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Visiting Hours: 08.30 am-05.30 pm daily
Wat Phra Kaew: Popularly known as the temple of Emerald Buddha, this temple was constructed in the 18th century. The temple houses a big statue of Emerald Buddha which was carved out of a single block of jade. Isn’t that interesting? To mesmerise your senses further, this temple has pillars inlaid in mosaic, rich marble pediments, while the roof is fitted with green and orange tiles.
Location: Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok
Visiting hours: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Wat Rong Khun: White Temple as it is popularly known all over was created by a painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. When it comes to design, this is the most attractive of them all. Interestingly, what the tourists get to see is a rebuilt version of the temple, because, until the 20th century, the temple was in ruins. It was Kositpitat who started building the temple in 1997. It houses a museum of paintings, residences for monks and many other halls that are yet to be built.
Location: Chiang Rai
Visiting Hours: 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM, (Museum of Paintings: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM)