A collection of Thailand's most beautiful temples
Thailand is rich in architecture and has a unique collection of temples or (wat´s)
which are rich in ornaments and absolutely very decorative.
These are very colorful buildings of various sizes and architectural styles.
The decorations aren't just for the sake of beauty. They have a very special meaning attached to
Buddhism's teachings and beliefs.
Approximately 95% of the population in Thailand is a practicing Theravada Buddhist.
This makes it the greatest Buddhist nation on Earth.
The temples play a very important role in Thai society, and the monks who live in temples are highly
regarded people who often are consulted and that act as spiritual guides for people who visit them.
More than 40,000 Buddhist temples are consecrated in Thailand.
The origin name of temple is ”Wat”
The temples are sacred places of great importance to Thai people. Many temples are open to
tourists — just be sure to dress appropriately (closed-toed shoes, shorts/pants that cover the knee,
no bare shoulders) and act respectfully.
In Thailand being a Buddhist country, temples play an important role in everyday life for Thai people.
People go to the temple for merit making, prey to the Buddha for things such as good health, good
fortune and wealth, and to seek advice from monks. It is customary for young boys to ordain as a
monk and live in the temple for a while, some for a short time, some for longer.
Some source from Wikipedia
Below are some Temples we recommend a visit, if you go to Thailand
Wat Chai Watthanaram, Ayuthea
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park,
on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island.
It is one of Ayutthaya's best known temples and a major tourist attraction.
Wat Arunis a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River
It is also known as Temple of Dawn and named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn.
Wat Arun is an architectural representation of Mount Meru,
the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology.
Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is located in the Dusit district of Bangkok.
Also known as the Marble Temple.
Built in 1899 by Prince Narai, who was the half broth to Rama V, and is today the learning senter for
Buddhist Monks who want to increase their knowledge. The most well known of the Buddhist novices
who has study here, was the former Monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).
Wat Huay Pla Kung
Wat Huai Pla Kung Temple is located in Chiang Rai.
An approximately 100-meter-high Buddha dominates the terrain.
But even without this giant statue, Wat Huai Pla Kung is a specialty and worth a visit.
If walking the stairs to the top of the statue, you will be rewarded
with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun, “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand.
It is located outside the town of Chiang Rai and is one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.
The Temple is privately owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a artist born in Chiang Rai,
who decided to restore and further expand the Temple after a strong earthquake on May 5th 2014.
Wat Phra Kaew
The Temple is located in Phra Nakhon, within the historic center of Bangkok
and inside the grounds of the Royal Palace, also known as the Grand Palace.
Wat Phra Kaew means Themple of the Holy Jewel, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Officiall name Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Wat Thammachak Semaran, also known as ”Wat Phra Non” is located in
Sema, Sung Noen, Nakhon Ratchasima and consists of a modern temple building
and a 13.30 meters long and 2.80 meters high sleeping Buddha from the Dvaravati period.
This statue is more than thousand years old and is made of ancient sema stones (sandstones) which is concidered as holy.
However, this temple has a lot of ancient history and artifacts to show to, but this statue is the main attraction and it is well worth a visit.