Religious Sights in Bangkok

One of the seemingly greatest contrasts of Bangkok is the incredible, chaotic whirlwind of traffic, the endless noises of a city on the build or on the move and yet the gentle inner peace of religion -- Buddhism, generally, but also elements of many other religions or Buddhism with a twist -- Hindu or Chinese gods mingling with Buddhist elements. One could spend a year just checking out the varied temples. Here, however, is a list of the top ten religious sites in Bangkok.

The most famous are not necessarily the most important. Wat Pho and its Reclining Buddha is a must for anyone who hasn't seen it, as is the giant golden Buddha at Wat Traimit. Golden Mount offers a scenic overlook of Bangkok that is reward enough for the climb. Other temples have more religious heft. Wat Bowon, for example, is the seat of Thai Buddhism, while Wat Mahatat is the place to go to learn more about meditation. Leng Nei Yee reflects the strong influence of Chinese culture, while the very popular Erawan Shrine puts a bit of Hinduism on public display right downtown.

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Wat Pho

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2 Sanamchai Road
Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District

Temple of the famous Reclining Buddha... read more

Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha)

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Na Phralan Road
Phra Borommaharatchawong

A jasper or jadite Buddha, the most revered in Thailand... read more

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Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)

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Traimit Road
Chinatown

A solid gold Buddha weighs 5 and a half tons...
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Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)

3 Maharat Road
Na Phra That Rd. (near Sanam Luang Park, between the Grand Palace and the National Museum)

Come learn more about Buddhist meditation... read more

Wat Suthat

146 Bamrung Muang Road
Ratchabophit Sub-District

Blend of architecture... read more

Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)

Chakkraphatdiphong
Ratchadamnoen Klang and Boripihat rds

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Erawan Shrine

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494 Ratchawithi Road (corner of Ploenchit and Ratchiwithi)
(Next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)

A Busy, Glittering, Incense-infused, Four-Faced Brahma Shrine... read more

Leng Nei Yee (Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat)

Charoen Krung Road between Thanon Mangkorn & Soi Issaranuphap

Chinatown's most important Chinese temple... read more

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Wat Bowonniwetwihan (Wat Bowon)

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248 Phrasumen Road
Bowonniwet Sub-District

Seat of royalties' monkhood... read more

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

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69 Rama V Road, Chitralada
Corner of Sri Ayutthaya and Rama V Roads

A temple of pure white marble... read more
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