Top 3 Buddhist temples in Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew edwin.11/Flickr

Wat Phra Kaew ©edwin.11/Flickr

The majority of Thai people are Buddhists. For Buddhist people the temples play an important role. The spiritual wellbeing of Thai people is directly linked to temples and Buddha statues. If you visit Thailand this year and you are interested in Buddhism, the best way to find out more about this religion is to visit some temples.

Every region of Thailand contains innumerable Buddhist temples to choose of. Although many Buddhist temples share similar characteristics, there are temples which are of historical and architectural importance. Would you like to find out which are the top 3 Buddhist temples in Thailand? Read the following guide to find it out.

Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok

One of the most important and most popular Buddhist temples in Thailand is Wat Phra Kaeo (or Wat Phra Kaew). The most majestic Buddhist temple of Bangkok is also one of the capital city’s major highlights. It is known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha due the immense Buddha statue housed within the temple. It sits on a large golden altar. The temple is richly decorated and makes an important landmark of the Thai capital city.

There is probably no tourist who visits Bangkok without admiring this wonderful building. The temple is also the place where the Thai royal family performs their religious ceremonies. Located on the grounds of the breathtaking Royal Palace, the temple is surrounded by beautiful buildings and statues. It also houses wonderful sculptures and paintings.

Wat Phra Kaew edwin.11/Flickr

Wat Phra Kaew ©edwin.11/Flickr

Wat Mahathat in Nakon Si Thammarat

Located in the beautiful city of Nakon Si Thammarat, in the southern part of the country, the temple of Wat Mahathat is another top temple of the country. The southern part of the country is dominated by Muslims. Therefore, this temple plays an important role in Buddhists’ lives.

The temple is of historic importance. It was built in the 14th century and is characterized by elaborate decoration. Some highlights of Mahathat Temple are the relics of a Sri Lankan Buddha statue. These relics are considered to be brought to the country more than 1.000 years ago.

Wat Mahathat Argenberg/Flickr

Wat Mahathat ©Argenberg/Flickr

Wat Erawan in Bangkok

Another excellent Buddhist temple in Bangkok is Wat Erawan. It is with no doubt one of the top 3 Buddhist temples in Thailand. It can be found near the center of the city. The temple is also known as the Temple of Dawn and it is a major visitor attraction of the capital city. The main highlight of the building is the enormous Khmer style tower which can be climbed through a staircase. The tower offers breathtaking view over the city.

Wat Erawan Jorge Lascar/Flickr

Wat Erawan ©Jorge Lascar/Flickr

 

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