Temples in Thailand
The temples in Thailand are some of the most impressive things about this popular destination. While many vacations here include delicious cuisine, pristine beaches, and scuba diving adventures, there is also a rich heritage that is worth exploring, and during any visit to Thailand, it's well worth making the time to include some cultural activities. One way to delve into the culture is to explore the temples, of which there are many, from the historic ruins at Sukhothai and Ayutthaya to the many Buddhist temples scattered around the country. The major religion here is Buddhism, and Thailand Buddhist temples are beautiful attractions. Whether you are in Bangkok or other areas of the country, temples are worth seeking out and exploring.
Temples in Thailand are a very important symbol to the people, for whom religion is at the center of life. The architecture is beautiful, the history of the buildings is significant, and you may make further interesting discoveries as you seek out these attractions. The most famous Bangkok temple is Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In the historic center of Bangkok, this temple is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, and is well worth seeking out.
The Temple of the Golden Buddha in Bangkok, or Wat Traimit, is another famous Bangkok temple. This temple is home to the world’s largest golden seated Buddha. The figure reaches more than sixteen feet (five meters) high and weighs more than five tons. For a truly unique experience, rise early with the monks. Temples in Thailand are still places of active worship, and around 4 in the morning you’ll see robed monks attending to their duties. This will also guarantee a peaceful visit to a Bangkok temple, as the early morning is less crowded, less hot, and will allow you to thoroughly enjoy your visit.
Thailand Buddhist temples are also known for their beauty. Temples, or wats, are glittering and intricately decorated. The craftsmanship of the Thai people is a marvel in itself, and the beautiful work at sites such as Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is unforgettable. It is important to respect local customs when visiting the temples, and appropriate clothing must be worn; admittance may be denied for people wearing shorts or tank tops. Make sure to plan your visit before 6 pm, when many temples are no longer open for visitors.
If you're traveling in the northern part of the country for some backpacking or hill-tribe trekking near the border, you'll also find plenty of temples and historic sties to visit. Chiang Mai, for instance, is home to the beautiful Wat Doi Suthep, a gleaming golden temple with a life-size elephant statue in honor of the legend behind its creation.
Outside of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, there are many additional opportunities to visit Thailand Buddhist temples. Mahathat temple in the city of Nakon Si Thammarat on the Southern Peninsula is especially important because this area of Thailand is Muslim- dominated. As a Buddhist place of worship, it is important to the Buddhist people of the area. On the island of Phuket, there are temples to visit as well including Wat Phra Tong, Wat Naka, and Wat Chalong; take a day away from fun in the sun to visit another of Thailand’s treasures.