Top 5 Buddhist Temples in Thailand

Phra Kaew

Phra Kaew Temple, photo by edwin.11/flickr

Buddhism is one of the world’s most common religion and philosophy. It is based on the teachings of Buddha and the believers’s goal is not less, than escaping from the cycle of rebirth, with other words the attainment of nirvana. The major part of Thailand’s population is Buddhist and the temples play an important role in their lives. Once you get to Thailand, you will realize how many Buddhist temples they have and how magnificent their architectural style is. The temples are surrounded by peace and silence. You will feel the necessity of visiting at least one of them. Below I will mention five of the best-known temples you should visit while you are on a holiday in Thailand.

1. Phra Kaew Temple

Also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it is situated in the capital city, Bangkok, inside of the Royal Palace. It is one of the best-known Buddhist temples in Thailand because it houses a small statue of Buddha which “sits” on a huge golden altar. Its significance is increased by the royal chapel where the revered Thai royal family performs the religious ceremonies. Phra Kaew temple has a refined decoration that will surely astonish every visitor. There are also impressing paintings and sculptures inside the temple.

Phra Kaew Temple, photo by edwin.11/flickr                Phra Kaew Temple, photo by edwin.11/flickr

2. Wat Arun (Wat Chaeng) Temple

Wat Arun is also situated in Bangkok, close to the city centre. It is a very popular tourist attraction. Also called the Temple of Dawn, it includes a statue of Phra Phrom. The most astonishing element of it is the 260 feet tall tower of which top can be accessed through a narrow staircase. Reaching the top, you will be amazed by the wonderful view of the capital city.

3. Phra Mahathat Temple

If you spend your holiday in the south of  Thailand, you should visit Mahathat Temple, which is situated in the city of Nakon Si Thammarat. It is one of Thailand’s most important and oldest Buddhist temples. The southern part of the country is dominated by the Muslims and this temple serves as a spiritual centre for Thai Buddhists who live here. Built in the 14th century, this temple has an enormous historical importance. Among other relics, it houses a Sri Lankan Buddha statue that had been brought to Thailand about 2000 years ago.

Phra Mahathat

Phra Mahathat Temple, photo by Argenberg/flickr

4. Wat Yai Temple

One of the most revered temples in Thailand, it is located in Phitsanulok. Buddhists make pilgrimage towards this temple to gain merit. If you visit Yai Chai Mongkon Temple, you will have the occasion to see the golden sculpture of Phra Buddha Chinarit.

5. Wat Chalong Temple

This temple is located in Phuket and it is one of the most important 29 Buddhist temples of the city. It is dedicated to two honorable monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang. The temple is decorated with wall paintings depicting Buddha’s life. Wat Chalong is a well-known temple among tourists. If you choose Phuket as your holiday destination, you can not omit to visit this temple.

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