10 Beautiful Buddhist Temples in Thailand Worth a Trip
Batul Nafisa Baxamusa
Thailand is home to over 40,0000 Buddhist temples. Temples are called as Wats with most having a chedi or/and a prang with a viharn.
There are hundreds of temples lying in ruin and some have survived as architectural masterpiece.
This famous Buddhist temple in Thailand is named after the Hindu god Aruna.
10. Wat Arun
This temple was made by King Taksin in 1768. It has a 70 m high prang, a golden Buddha image, and a few other worth admiring features.
The Wat Rong Khun or ‘The White Temple’ is white in color which sparkles under the sun. This is due to pieces of glass placed under the plaster.
9. Wat Rong Khun
White is a symbol of purity of Buddha and the glass represents his wisdom.
The ‘Temple on a high glass cliff’ is one of the most striking wats which is decorated with thousands of mosaic tiles on the main pagoda.
8. Wat Pha Sorn Kaew
The five Buddha statues in white display a stark contrast to the colorful background against the mountainous area.
The ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ is the most sacred wat due to the Emerald Buddha carved from a single jade block. Its seasonal cloak change can only be performed by the King of Siam.
7. Wat Phra Kaew
The ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’ is the 1st on the list of highest grade first-class royal temples in Thailand.
6. Wat Pho
It consists of 46 m reclining Buddha, a large collection of Buddha images and many other interesting features worth a look.
5. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
It takes 306 stairs to reach one of Thailand's most scared temples.
There is a beautifully carved white elephant, breadfruit trees, and small shrines that enchant you once you reach this beautiful Buddhist temple.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of 67 temples and ruins that date back to the 13th century. You will see impressive sacred Buddha statues made of stones.
4. Ayutthaya Historical Park
Wat Mahathat is one of the most famous temples here with the head of Buddha entangled in the roots of an old tree.
This temple initiated in 1981, is still under construction with no end in sight. It is completely carved from teak wood with Thai architecture from the Ayutthayan period being the highlight.
3. Sanctuary of Truth
The Dragon Temple is one of the most uniquely constructed temples. It is a 17-storey tower colored in pink with a huge dragon wrapped around it. It houses a giant statue of Buddha and many other stunning shrines.
Wat Samphran Temple
The ‘Marble Temple’ is Thailand’s most famous temple. It has a Sukhothai-style Buddha statue within the multi-tiered roof of the temple.
2. Wat Benchamabophit
This small Buddhist temple is hidden within the forests of Chiang Dao Mountain. You need to climb 500 steps flanked by Naga sculptures.
1. Wat Tham Pha Plong
The peaceful surroundings will engulf you as you enjoy hiking over the nature trail towards the temple.
These are some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Thailand worth a visit. The splendor of Thailand’s Buddhist temples will transport you to a surreal world of tranquility and solace.