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Glittering gold, beautiful well-kept buildings. Visitors must dress appropriately with shoulders and legs covered. Shoes must be taken off before entering the building. There are toilet facilities at all of the buildings.

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

This is Bangkok's largest temple. The huge 46 metre gold leaf reclining Buddha with inlaid mother-of-pearl soles is highly revered among Buddhists. The feet of the Buddha statue are three meters long and are decorated with the laksanas or characteristics of Lord Buddha, depicted in mother of pearl.


In addition to the temple itself, Wat Pho’s compound contains a beautifully designed garden complete with fountains, statues and tiny trees as well as a massage centre. People travel to the massage school at Wat Pho from all over Thailand to study the art of massage from the famous instructors here and gain the much coveted certificate, which allows them to practice massage all over the world.

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

Believed to be the oldest temple in Bangkok, the 16th century Wat Arun in one of the most dramatic attractions on the Chao Phraya River. Originally known as Wat Makok or the Olive Temple, It is surrounded by stone prangs and guarded by two gigantic demons known as yaksha. The 80 metre high central prang is decorated by pieces of porcelain, which were dumped on the banks of the Chao Phraya River by trading boats in the times when Bangkok was a prominent trading port. There are stunning views of the river and surrounding area.

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

The magnificent Royal Chapel, Wat Phra Kaeo in the Royal Grand Palace compound enshrines the Emerald Buddha Image which is most revered by people. Carved from a single block of jade, the tiny Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot ) image is raised on a series of platforms and the only person who is allowed close is HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The temple also contains a number of large Buddha statues and other elaborate ornaments, most of which have been presented to the King by visiting dignitaries.

Wat Traimitr  (Temple of the Golden Buddha) The world's largest solid gold Buddha, cast about nine centuries ago, is three meters high and weighs 5½  tons. It is believed that the Golden Buddha is more than 700 years old.

Originally, the statue was completely covered with plaster to conceal it from the invaders and was installed in Wat Phrayakrai in the Yannawa area of Bangkok in the reign of the King Rama III. It stayed there until 1931.
When the temple had fallen out of use and was abandoned, the Ecclesiastical Commission relocated the statue to the Wat Trai Mit and it cracked to reveal a solid gold Buddha.