With over 40,000 estimated Buddhist temples or Wats in Thailand, you’ll find the most beautiful of them all in Bangkok – at least in my opinion. Husband and I weren’t able to visit them all even though we had dedicated an entire day just for visiting the temples. In a maxi dress, I went about with the sole aim of wanting to be in awe, in a trance of seeing some spectacular Buddha images. Here are three of the most spectacular temples in Bangkok we had visited.
Temples in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha
First on the agenda was Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha which is the holiest amongst them all. Part of the Grand Palace, this temple is a sight to behold. Carved in a single block of jade and adorned with pure gold clothing, you can find the Buddha in meditation. No visitors are allowed to touch or go near the idol and of course, no photography as well.
Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha
We headed to Wat Pho next, popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is right next to the Grand Palace and is one of the oldest temples in the city. Also known as Wat Phra ChetuPhon, the temple has a 160 feet wide Buddha in a reclining position. This makes it one of the most well-known and popular cultural icons in Thailand. This reclining image, known as Phra Buddha Saiyas is made of brick and stucco and is lacquered and gilded.
The mother-of-pearl inlaid patterns on the soles of the Buddha’s feet depicts auspicious signs of The Buddha in line with the belief from Sri Lanka. It is said that these patterns were found on the soles of Prince Siddhartha five days after his birth and these were the signs of a great man.
It is home to more number of Buddha images than any other temples. The Colonnades houses 150 Buddha images in the inner circle and 244 images in the outer one. These images are brought down from cities in the North. They are now all cast in bronze and many of Wat Pho’s famous stone inscriptions can be found on the columns of the colonnade.
Phra Ubosot or the Ordination Hall is the main structure of the temple used for monastic rituals.
This houses the main Buddha image, Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn meaning, the Buddha built by Heavenly Beings. The Buddha is found in the posture of concentration.
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Phra Buddha Lokanat depicts the Buddha in a standing position, his right hand dropped to the side of his body and the left hand in raised to the breast level projected forward. There is an interesting story to this posture. It is said that the Buddha was away in Tavatimsa heaven visiting his mother and King Pasenadi was missing him. He had ordered the crafting of an image of the Buddha made in sandalwood. When the Buddha returned, the image floated away in an act of respect. But the Buddha gestured the image not to do so.
Phra Buddha Chinnaraj depicts the Buddha in an act of giving the first sermon to the five ascetics. He is seen preaching the path to Nirvana, the need of avoiding pleasures and austerity, the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path. It is said that each of these ascetics had attained enlightenment.
You can also find many Chinese stone idols who are the temple’s gate guardians.
Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is situated on the bank of Chao Phraya River.
From the Pier get into a ferry for just 4 Baht and cross the river to reach Wat Arun.
The temple is made of colorfully decorated spires and is different to the other temples in Bangkok. It is absolutely stunning during sunset as well.
With some stunning and colorful architecture, Wat Arun is a favorite amongst the tourists.
You can tie little bells in this temple, in the hope of getting your wish fulfilled.
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Why did I wear a Maxi dress? Check out my Packing List here on what to wear when visiting the Wats.
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