The Top 5 Must See Temples In Bangkok

Is it possible to pick the top 5 must-see temples in Bangkok when there are 400 dotted all over the city? Possibly not. But with so many to choose from it can be hard to know where to begin. But here is a brief guide to help get you started.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

  1. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha with clouds behind it.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Any list of the top 5 temples in Bangkok will almost certainly include this stunning temple. Wat Phra Kaew as it’s also known as is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The temple sits within the grounds of The Grand Palace, the official residence of the Thai royal family.

The Emerald Buddha was made sometime in the 15th century although legend has it that it was created in the year 43 AD by a saint named Nagasena. It stands at 26 inches tall and is such a revered relic that only the King is allowed to touch it. You can read about my visit to the temple here The Temple Of The Emerald Buddha.

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Wat Pho

2. Wat Pho

Wat Pho

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as it’s also known, is located near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is easily in the top 5 must-see temples in Bangkok. Wat Pho is one of Bangkok’s oldest temples and is the resting place of a 46 meter long Sleeping Buddha, the longest of its kind in Thailand.

The temple is also considered the first public university of Thailand and was home to one of the first Thai massage schools. Massage courses are still held here and can last anything from a few weeks to a year.

The Sleeping Buddha of Wat Pho

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Temple of the Golden Mount

3. Temple of the Golden Mount

The Golden Mount

One of the most stunning temples in Bangkok is The Temple of the Golden Mount which sits on top of a low hill. The temple can trace its origins back to the Ayutthaya period and has a rather gruesome past. In the 18th century, The Golden Mount was used as Bangkoks crematorium in which an estimated 60,000 bodies were burnt during an outbreak of bubonic plague.

The temple sits at the top of a 300 step staircase but it’s a relatively easy climb and the views from the top are worth the effort!

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Wat Prayurawongsawat

4. Wat Prayurawongsawat

Wat Prayurawongsawas

You won’t find Wat Prayurawongsawat on many lists about the top 5 must-see temples in Bangkok which is a real shame but that also means there are not many other tourists blocking that perfect Instagram moment.

But this temple doesn’t make this top 5 because of its beautiful white Chedi but for ‘Turtle Mountain’ which sits inside Wat Prayurawongsasats grounds.

Turtle Mountain Bangkok

Turtle Mountain is one of the most peaceful places you’ll find in Bangkok. In the middle of the lush green garden is a moat with a miniature temple complex on top of a man-made hill. But not only is it the greenery and the surreal sight of the scaled-down temple that makes this place unique, but it’s also because it gets its name from its inhabitants – turtles.

Sunbathing turtles lounge around in the warm sun and are fed by the locals. The turtles arrive here from all over Bangkok and the place serves much like a dog kennel do for unwanted canines. A truly beautiful place that you should make time to visit. You can also buy food for the turtles from a stall that’s on-site.

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Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

5. Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

The Great Pagoda at Wat Paknam

The temple known as Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen is a royal temple built during the Ayutthaya period between 1488 and 1629. It sits in between two canals that merge into the Chao Phraya river but the main reason to visit the site is for the Great Pagoda or Maharatchamongkol as it’s also known.

Cut entirely from glass and standing at almost 60 meters high it’s an awe-inspiring sight. While this is a popular temple for many of the locals it is still relatively unknown and off the beaten track – a nice hidden gem and one of the most beautiful sights in Bangkok.

If you wish to know more about Wat Paknam follow the link to its Facebook page –

Bangkok is home to so many beautiful temples so whichever ones you visit will stay in your memory for a long time.

The Top 5 Must See Temples In Bangkok

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Rivergirl says:

    They’re stunning! Truly magical architecture. I could totally hang out at turtle mountain all day long and die happy. But in the photo of the second temple? What’s up with those shrubs? The one on the left looks like a mutant Mickey Mouse…

  2. You got me! That second one is actually Disney Land. In fact I’ve never been to Thailand, I just want to sound interesting

    1. Rivergirl says:

      And you can sweat profusely in both places.. we’d never know.

      1. It feels like I could sweat if I was naked in the Arctic!

      2. Rivergirl says:

        Please test this theory and report back..

      3. Aww thanks! That’s really supportive of you…

  3. I gotta get over there and see these temples! The turtle one looks particularly peaceful and has me wanting to pose a question to you. Recently, someone I follow wrote a post entitled, “Bangkok. Is. Exhausting!” She’s been all over SE Asia, so she has a lot to compare it to. Wondered what your take on that feeling is…

    1. The turtle mountain is an amazing place – it was such as a surprise as we came across it by accident! It was so peaceful! As for the ‘exhausting Bangkok’, I can sort of understand what she meant but the energy lifts me up and I get excited by the madness of it. It maybe helped that I lived in London for 20 years.

      1. Ah, good point about London.

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