6 Most Beautiful Temples in Bangkok, Thailand

Caroline Cunningham


Named the most visited city in the world 4 years in a row, Bangkok sees a lot of tourists. Which is no surprise, there are tons of things to see and do here including choosing from 30,000 buddhist temples to visit!

Forget that big number though, because it’s impossible to visit them all, and trust me you would be over it. So if you’re trying to decide which temples to visit, there are 6 beautiful temples in Bangkok I recommend:

1. Wat Arun known as the Temple of the Dawn


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From afar, Wat Arun may appear white, but up close the intricate details of color are astounding. It is also nice to enjoy the view of the temple from the opposite side of the river during sunset.

2. Wat Benchamabophit known as The Marble Temple


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Probably my favorite temple within Bangkok for it’s elegant white marble. Wat Benchamabophit is so breathtaking, and although well known, it is quieter to visit in comparison to some other temples.

3. Wat Phra Kaew known as Temple of the Emerald Buddha and other temples at the Grand Palace


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Exploring the Grand Palace in Bangkok is a must do. Inside you will visit several bejeweled temples, the most impressive being Wat Phra Kaew. Pictures definitely do not do this royal architecture justice.

4. Wat Sam Phran commonly referred to as the Dragon Temple


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Although 40 km outside of the heart of Bangkok, Wat Sam Phran made the list for it’s uniqueness. The temple is 17 stories and wrapped by a massive green dragon!

5. Wat Pho known as Temple of Reclining Buddha


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This popular temple is known for the unique position of Buddha and for the size. The reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and covered in gold!

6. Wat Saket known as The Golden Mount


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Not only a beautiful temple, but also a beautiful view. Besides the rooftop bars through Bangkok, Wak Saket is one of the best places to see the city skyline. 

When visiting, make sure to bring plenty of water, you’ll have some stairs to climb!

Which temples to visit?

If 6 is still too many temples to visit in Bangkok (make sure to spend some time exploring street markets too), then I would narrow my list and choose the Grand Palace temples, the Marble Temple, and the Golden Mount for the view. 

If you go to a rooftop bar though, I would substitute the Temple of Dawn for the Golden Mount.

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