10 Temples In Thailand You Simply Can't Miss

Waquar Habib


Steeped in Buddhism, Thailand boasts a plethora of temples that narrate tales of ancient glory. Its history, punctuated by dynastic shifts, echoes through architectural wonders like Wat Arun and Ayutthaya's ruins, revealing a story of cultural resilience and spiritual reverence.

Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkhon, a pagoda in Pha Nam Yoi, Thailand | Shutterstock

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew, an 18th-century temple also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace, houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Its stunning architecture, intricate murals, and the Buddha itself make it a must-visit.

Wat Phra Kaew of Grand Palace at twilight in Bangkok | Shutterstock

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is an ancient temple known for its 46-meter-long reclining Buddha statue covered in gold leaf. Visitors can enjoy the temple's beautiful Thai architecture, intricately decorated pagodas, and famous massage school.

The beautiful ornamental architecture of Wat Pho | Shutterstock

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, is a 17th-century temple named after the Hindu god Aruna. Its central prang is adorned with porcelain tiles and seashells. Climbing it offers panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok skyline, especially during sunset.

Giant Wat Arun in Thailand | Shutterstock

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

On Doi Suthep Mountain, a temple from the 14th century stands atop. Legend has it that a white elephant with a relic of Buddha chose the location before collapsing. The golden chedi with parasols and bells is a significant attraction, as are the panoramic views of Chiang Mai city.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chaing Mai | Shutterstock

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang is a 14th-century temple complex in Chiang Mai that once housed the Emerald Buddha. The main chedi was over 80 m tall but partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 16th century. Visitors can see the towering ruins and intricate carvings and watch monks perform rituals.

Reflection of the beautiful Wat Chedi Luang in water | Shutterstock

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun, also known as White Temple, is a contemporary temple designed by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Its dazzling white exterior is adorned with mirrored glass and intricate sculptures, while contemporary pop culture murals inside make it a unique blend of tradition and modernity.

A view of the Wat Rong Khun | Shutterstock

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

Wat Mahathat, the grandest temple in Ayutthaya, was built in the 14th century and damaged during the Burmese invasion. A famous symbol of Ayutthaya is the Buddha's head entwined in a tree's roots. Visitors can explore the ruins and learn about the temple's historical significance.

Stone Buddha at Wat Mahathat | Shutterstock

Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok

Wat Benchamabophit, or Marble Temple, is a temple from the late 19th century made of Italian marble. It is known for its modern design, housing a golden Buddha statue and murals from Thai literature.

The front facade of Wat Benchamabophit | Shutterstock

Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh is a revered temple in Chiang Mai that has existed since the 14th century. It houses the Phra Singh Buddha statue from Sri Lanka. The temple is known for its Lanna-style architecture, colourful murals, serene courtyards, and monks' daily rituals and meditation.

A front view of Wat Phra Singh | Shutterstock

Wat Suthat Thepphawararam, Bangkok

Wat Suthat is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. Built during the reign of King Rama I, it was completed during the reign of King Rama III. The temple's highlights include red teakwood pillars, murals, and a giant bronze Buddha statue.

The giant bronze Buddha statue at Wat Suthat Thepphawararam | Shutterstock

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