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.
2 Sanamchai Road
Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
Temple of the famous Reclining Buddha... read more
Na Phralan Road
A jasper or jadite Buddha, the most revered in Thailand... read more
A solid gold Buddha weighs 5 and a half tons...
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
146 Bamrung Muang Road
Ratchadamnoen Klang and Boripihat rds
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
Charoen Krung Road between Thanon Mangkorn & Soi Issaranuphap
Chinatown's most important Chinese temple... read more
248 Phrasumen Road
69 Rama V Road, Chitralada
Corner of Sri Ayutthaya and Rama V Roads