Wat That Thong is a Thai Buddhist temple located in the heart of Bangkok that is not on most travellers itinerary, instead opting to see the more famous temples in Bangkok such as Wat Arun or Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha).
Wat That Thong was built in 1937, and sits where two previous Buddhist temples were once standing. The biggest attraction of Wat That Thong is the beautifully crafted statue of the golden Buddha, sitting in the lotus position.
It is not uncommon to see monks around the temple who are willing converse and even show you around the temple to give you a better understanding of what goes on. Bear in mind that not all monks speak English and a donation to the temple after a tour can go a long way.
How did the temple get its name?
Good question. As mentioned earlier, the two former temples that stood before were named Wat That and Wat Thong, so it was only fitting that the new temple that took its place would carry on their history through its own name.
When is the best time to visit?
Wat That Thong is open every day and allow locals and tourists alike to pray, light incense sticks, and give donations. You are free to walk around the grounds and go inside the temple, but you will be required to wear appropriate clothing (no vests, skirts, or shorts).
The best time to visit this temple is during major Buddhist holidays such as Songkran, where they hold fun fares for as long as two weeks which involves carnival style games for the children, shows, and lots of delicious Thai food.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Wat That Thong is using the Bangkok Transit System (BTS), get off at Ekkamai BTS and take exit 3. This will take you directly outside the entrance of That Thong Temple. Alternately, catch a taxi and direct the driver to “Ekkamai BTS” as many will not know where this temple without talking in Thai.