The 5 Must See Temples in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok. We can’t say enough about this place. It has many temples to see (400 to be exact), so we want to make sure you leave this asian city with the 5 must see temples in Bangkok, Thailand crossed off your list. Not seeing these 5 temples in Bangkok would be a bit of a mistake….just saying

1) Grand Palace

First up, the Grand Palace. Located in the steaming heart of Bangkok, you’ll find this beautiful complex which makes up one of Bangkok’s most recognizable landmarks. Constructed in 1782, the Grand Palace has been home to Thai royalty ever since.

Having such spiritual importance, it’s no wonder why such detailed and intricate craftsmanship is displayed on every building.

Gigantic warrior statues to golden spires and an Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace is a serious masterpiece that should not be missed.

  • Cost: 500 baht ($15 USD)
  • Hours: 8:30am to 7:30pm
  • Dress Code: The Grand Palace has a strict dress code. Women should cover your shoulders, chest and legs (your entire legs including ankles). Men should not wear tank tops or shorts. Legs and shoulders must be covered.

2) Wat Pho

The main attraction? A 46-meter-long (150ft), gilded in golden leafs reclining buddha. Yeah, it’s impressive.

This temple is only a 10 minute walk from the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is a stunner. It’s actually a “statue of Buddha” paradise. Outside of the massive Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho  houses almost 400 other Buddhas.

Mosaic spires are scattered about its grounds. The detail on each has purpose and will leave you speechless.

If you’re wanting a bit of good luck brought to you, you can get some when you visit the reclining buddha. Purchase a bag full of coins and drop the coins into the 108 bronze dishes that line the length of the Buddha.

  • Cost: 100 baht ($3 USD)
  • Hours: 08:00am to 5:00pm
  • Dress Code: Woman’s shoulder and legs should be covered. Men should not wear tank tops.

3) Wat Arun

Known as the “Temple of Dawn”, Wat Arun sits across the River of Kings from Wat Pho and is easily accessible by a 3-baht boat ride.

You’ll be amazed by the colorful spires that stand tall and strong against the backdrop of the River of Kings. It’s easy to spend an hour visiting this 17th century temple. You should go at either sunset or sunrise to be the crowds and get a great view!

While it is not as large as the Grand Palace or Wat Pho, you’ll have plenty to take in and appreciate at Wat Arun. 

  • Cost: 50 baht ($1.50 USD)
  • Hours: 08:30am to 5:30pm
  • Dress Code: Women’s shoulder and legs should be covered. Men should not wear tank tops.

4) Wat Saket (Temple of The Golden Mount)

This temple is unlike any of the others on our list. Situated on top of a man-made hill, the “golden mount” or “chedi” sits perched waiting for you to visit.

A standard Buddhist temple that was built between 1300’s – 1700’s awaits, but it’ll take you 300+ steps to get there.

On your way up, you can spin the numerous prayer wheels and take in the views as you get higher and higher. The climb is not challenging and oh so worth it!

  • Cost: 0 baht (0 USD)
  • Hours: 09:00am to 5:00pm
  • Dress Code: Women’s shoulder and legs should be covered. Men should not wear tank tops.

5) Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)

Okay, unlike the detailed spires of the previous four temples, Wat Benchamabophit is known for one thing and one thing only, marble.

This temple is decked out in exquisite marble. Floors to walls, the marble dominates.

Apart from the marble the beautiful stepped-out roofs provide shade to the 52 Buddha’s sitting quietly inside. With gold accents glimmering in the light, this temple is a fresh take and a beautiful one at that.

  • Cost: 20 baht ($.60)
  • Hours: 8:00am to 5:30pm
  • Dress Code: Women’s shoulder and legs should be covered. Men should not wear tank tops.

Where To Stay In Bangkok

For The Budget Conscious: Niras Bangkok is quaint, friendly and in a great location within Bangkok. It’s walking distance to some amazing Pad Thai the Golden Mount and centrally located enough that a taxi and tuk-tuks are cheap. 

For The Luxury Inclined: If fresh coconuts, laying by the pool, one epic breakfast spread and city views are your thing, then the Peninsula Bangkok is for you! 

For Something In Between: The Posh Phayathai is cozy, modern and friendly! A great place to meet other travelers, the staff is ultra helpful. and the location is top notch. 

Check out other places to stay in Bangkok! check the latest prices here.

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