One of the busiest cities in Asia, Bangkok has some beautiful places to see. Some of the most incredible sights in Bangkok are the temples and gardens. Here are some of those highlights…
One of the major temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a prominent Buddhist site. This gigantic Buddha measures 46 metres in length and is close to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Buddha’s feet are 5 metres in length and covered in mother of pearl depictions from Buddhist taksanas or characteristics. This is a must see sight for visitors to the capital.
Wat Phra Kaew
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is considered the most important religious site in Thailand. Located in the historic part of Bangkok this complex houses a Buddha carved from a single piece of jade and in the meditating position.
It has been carved in the style of the Lanna School which dates from the 15th century. No one is allowed near this Buddha with the exception of the King of Thailand and there is also a special robing ceremony at this temple.
Wang Saen Suk Monastery Garden
Also known as Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, this is one of the more unusual places in Bangkok… a Buddhist depiction of hell. With statues positioned through the garden, some of which are quite gruesome, it is definitely a remarkable place to visit.
Known as the Marble temple, the Wat Benchamabophit complex is a beautiful Buddhist site in the Dusit area of Bangkok. It is one of the most modern temples in Bangkok and has a Sukkothai design with peaked roofs and marble everywhere. Building commenced on Wat Benchamabophit in 1899 under the reign of King Rama V. This complex is also known for its beautiful gardens surrounding the temple.
The temple complex at Wat Bowoniwet is renowned for its connections with the Royal Palace. This gives it an auspicious significance amongst the Thai people. It has enjoyed royal connections since 1836 and is the place where King Bhumibol was ordained. Other royal family members have spent time as monks here. Parts of Wat Bowoniwet have Chinese features, especially the ceramics and the gilded windows and tiles make this a beautiful place to visit.
Located close to the busy Khao San Road, Wat Chanagonkram is a haven of peace. It dates back to the Ayutthaya period but was restored in the eighteenth century. Its name means, “Victory in War, ” and it was built to commemorate the Battle of Nine Armies. The gilded wood of the ordination hall are very impressive and a Buddha sits inside in the relaxed position. There is a lovely tree lined courtyard here where monks and locals can be seen going about their daily work.
Bangkok has many exquisite temples and gardens which are a joy to discover. Whether it is a small temple or a large complex, take time to see some of the most beautiful Buddhist architecture in Asia.