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Top temples to visit in Bangkok - The ultimate five!

Bangkok has a plethora of magnificent temples and choosing which ones to visit will not be an easy task. These temples have brilliant ancient statues and unique stories to tell. Here are some of the ancient temples you must pay attention to.

1

Wat Arun

This is a very scenic temple which is called the Temple of Dawn. It lies on the beautiful bank of the famous Chao Phraya River. This is a Buddhist temple which has an influence by Hinduism that can be seen in its murals and architecture. Even the name has been derived from Hinduism. Wat Arun has stood the test of time and remains to be a true masterpiece in terms of architecture, and this is the reason why tourists rave about this temple.

2

Wat Phra Kaew

This temple is part of the Grand Palace complex and is one of the most visited temples in the country. Given that it is home to the magnificent Emerald Buddha, it comes off as no surprise. This jade statue hails from the 15th century and is regarded as the ultimate protector of Thailand. This statue is heavily adorned with a gold garment which gets changed every season by the king of the country. If you are looking for peace and serenity, this temple is the one you must check out. Besides, if you are looking for a Siam hotel in Bangkok close to these temples, you can check out properties like Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

3

Wat Saket

This temple is popularly known to the public as the Golden Mountain. This gigantic man-made hilltop comprises of a golden chedi which is said to hold a relic from Lord Buddha. If you dedicate your time to climb the 344 steps that lead to this chedi, you will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the city. You can also sound the gongs and ring the bells along your way to gain some merit. And the sounds, atmosphere, and the strong smell of incense sticks burning can make anyone feel at peace.

4

Wat Pho

This is another popular temple here in Bangkok and is also considered the ultimate headquarters of the world for traditional Thai medicine and massages. The gigantic reclining Buddha statue here is what attracts people from all over the world to visit. And remember, the 'h' in 'ph' words in the Thai language is not pronounced. Therefore, remember to enunciate correctly when asking for directions. It is more of a 'Wat Poe' and not Fo.

5

Wat Mahatat

This is one of the famous Royal temples in the city of Bangkok. This temple is also home to the oldest Institute for monks and a meditation centre. Sundays are the busiest days here where the biggest amulet market of the week is held. And if you would like to keep the evil spirits at bay, this is a good market to visit. Even if it's not the case, you can see the throngs of local people in their day to day activities, which is quite interesting to watch.