Thailand is a country known for its ancient and historical beauty. There are more than 400 temples located throughout the country. In their local language, temples are called wats. Most people rush to the most famous ones, however once you have visited them what do you do next? Are there more, or the list of beautiful ancient temples end after the first three?
The list is as long as it gets, but here are our top 5 picks:
1. Wat Phra Kaew
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha tops our list, it is located in Bangkok. The most significant part of this temple’s tour is the 2 kilometre long gallery that contains the most beautiful mural paintings.
2. Wat Pho
This is the largest and oldest temple within the vicinity of Bangkok, most commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha; it is located near the grand palace.
3. Wat Arun
The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun was built in the 17th century. Its unique design differentiates it from the rest, the four towers surrounding one central one makes it a view worth eternity. The view from the balcony of the tower is breathtakingly beautiful.
4. Wat Saket
This temple is built on the top of a man made hill, it contains the remains of a Buddha all the way from India. The hill is called the golden mountain or the golden Chedi.
5. Wat Traimit
This white and golden temple is positioned at the outskirts of Yaowarat road. The architecture of the temple and the Buddha carved out of gold is what attracts most tourists.
6. Bonus Entries
Loha Prasat, Wat Mahatat, Wat Suthat, Wat Benja and Wat Prayoon are other temples worth visiting. While you are on your way to visit these ancient temples don’t forget to visit the Hellfire Pass Thailand for understanding the culture and sacrifices of Asians.