If you are visiting Bangkok, the must-see stop on your trip is the Wat Phra Kaew. Of course, there are many, many more temples in Bangkok that are worth visiting as well, if you are short on time, this is one you do not want to miss. Over the next few posts, we will be covering some of the other amazing temples that are not to be missed! As the temperature in Thailand can quickly exceed what American’s are usually enduring stateside, it is advised to bring plenty of water and lightweight clothing. However, some of the temples do have a strict dress code, it is important to dress modestly when visiting.
The Wat Phra Kaew stands in the heart of Bangkok near the Royal Palace. Of all the amazing sites to be seen here, the most famous is the Emerald Buddha. This amazing treasure is carved into a block of Jade over 2 feet tall!. Wat Phra Kaew is the #1 most visited and most important temples in Bangkok. Take time to enjoy the 1.24-mile long gallery of exquisite mural paintings. 178 intricate scenes tell the story of Ramayana. As you walk the grounds, tall gold leafed chedis covered by glazed tiles will certainly catch your eye but none more than, the chedi of Phra Sri Rattana covered in Italian golden mosaic tiles. This amazing structure is found on the 1 baht coin!
There is so much to see here, you will want to come early and take your time to truly appreciate it all since Wat Phra Kaew is only open until 3:00 pm.
Entrance costs at least 400 baht ($13 USD).
**A strict dress code applies. No shorts and no sleeveless shirts.**
There is so much to see and do while visiting Thailand. We hope this blog post series of Must See Temples of Bangkok gives you an idea into the amazing culture, religion, and beauty of this amazing country. Stop into Thaiphoon at Pentagon Row for some amazing Thai food in Arlington, VA. We would love to see you and share some of our culture and cuisine with you.