When we hear “Thailand,” many of us think of a luxurious beach vacation. However, beach vacations can be had in many other places around the world, which is why you should get to know other special sights this amazing country has to offer. If you’re wondering what it is we’re talking about, you should know that Thailand has some of the most spectacular temples in all of Asia. Once you see the ten beautiful and impressive temples hidden in it, we’re sure you’ll make them the main focus on your trip there. So, go ahead, what are you waiting for? Scroll down and discover Thailand’s magnificent temples!
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple located in northern Thailand, named after the mountain on which it is found – Doi Suthep. It is said that a group of monks marched a wild elephant with the ashes of Buddha and decided that where the elephant stops a temple will be built. The elephant stopped at the top of the mountain and began to cry and when the monks heard it, they reached it and built the temple. According to folklore, the Temple was founded in 1383 and its construction continued for hundreds of years, with spectacular additions.
2. Wat Arun
Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple was built in the days of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, around the 14th century AD, named Wat Makok. Inside the temple you will find the central prang, which is actually a huge Cambodian-style tower that rises to a height of about 75 meters, surrounded by four small prangs decorated with shells and pieces of Chinese porcelain.
Wat Rong Khun, or “The White Temple,” is a Buddhist temple in northern Thailand. The construction of the temple began in 1997 as a tribute to Thai king, Rama IX, by a Thai artist who financed its construction. The temple is still undergoing construction and is said to be completed by 2070. This temple is unique because it boasts its white color, which symbolizes the purity of Buddha, and is actually built of nine buildings that give it a spectacular appearance. Each building is decorated with unique designs that include mirrors, superheroes, children’s heroes, monks and more.
Wat Phra Kaew is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. This temple is considered to be the holiest Buddhist temple in Thailand, with an emerald Buddha statue placed in the main building of the Temple compound. The sculpture is made of one dark green emerald stone at a height of 66 centimeters and is designed in a meditation posture. Of course, no one is allowed to touch the little statue, except for the king of Thailand, who changes the statue’s cloak three times a year, according to the seasons in the country defined as cold, hot and rainy, and this ceremony is important to ensure good luck for the country during the coming season
5. Wat Saket
Wat Saket is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand, known for its “Golden Mount” appearance. The temple is dated back to the 14th century and in the center of the complex, there is a “Golden mount” – an artificial mountain established in the 19th century. The sacred structure, which contained part of Buddha’s remains, collapsed due to the marshland on which it was built, and in the years that followed, the Temple remained abandoned for a long time. Over the years they renovated the building and returned the remains of Buddha to it, even building a high wall around the mountain. Due to the sanctity, height, and shape of the magnificent temple, the place became a popular tourist site and one of the symbols of the city.