Bangkok’s Best, Less Famous Temples

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The temples in Bangkok represent a special aspect of the city’s character and heart. Without going to at least a few of them, a trip here would be incomplete. The breath-taking architecture history are both present at many of the city’s ancient temples. No visit to the the City of Angels is really complete without admiring the countless colored ceramics and glass embellished that adornd these beautiful structures coated in brilliant gold. Beginning your day early for the best time to explore the majority of Bangkok’s temples.

The temple grounds are often cooler and far less congested. The temples have a significant role in Buddhist traditions. In Bangkok, when you are awake really early, you will often see monks going around wearing saffron-colored robes. The Buddhist practice of almsgiving and earning merit in order to achieve a happier life beyond the present one includes the daily alms rite known as tak baht, which is practiced across Thailand.

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat is a Royal Class temple of the highest order, situated in the Rattanakosin area near the Grand Palace. This stunning white temple is also known as the Temple of The Great Relic which refers to the famous copper pagoda. It is not very touristy, and therefore an ideal place to observe Buddhist spiritual practises away from the crowds. It is a well-known Vipassana meditation centre, and visitors are welcome to join the daily meditation classes.

Wat Suthat

The impressive Wat Suthat is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The “Sao Ching Cha (The Giant Swing)” outside of the temple represents another notable feature of the complex. You can witness Thailand’s largest Sukhothai-era bronze Buddha as well as murals representing 24 different Buddha avatars as you approach the temple. To participate in the temple ceremony and to worship, you must remove your shoes. You should also dress suitably.

Wat Ratchapradit

This quiet and beautiful temple located in Phra Nakhon district flies under most tourists’ radar, which makes it ideal for those seeking a moment of peace and quiet away from the crowds. Construction of Wat Ratchapradit began in 1864 making it one of the earliest Dhammaytika temples in the country. The small temple features very intricate Khmer style architecture including chedis and faces looking out from the towers which are reminiscent of temples in the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. 

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