4 Temples in Bangkok You Can’t Miss Out On

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Essential Temples to Visit in Bangkok

First time in Bangkok? Slumber Party’s got you covered. Bangkok is a city of bustling excitement and is the perfect balance between old and new. While it has a massive population of close to 15 million people, the city has maintained and preserved its spiritual heritage. Bangkok temples have a refined golden image to them and are the perfect way to escape the busy, metropolis vibe. There are thousands of temples in Bangkok, so you’ll want to spend your time wisely. In this article, we’ll cover the 4 most important (and beautiful) temples to cross off your bucket list!

Wat Saket , The Golden Mount

The Golden Mount is the most important of all temples in Bangkok.

Wat Saket is an absolutely stunning temple. While walking up the spiral staircase to the peak, you’re completely surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens. Ring the bells and sound the gongs as you make your way skyward. Listen to the echoes while you make your way to the top and take it all in. It’s a tranquil experience, to say the least.

At the top, you’re rewarded with a complete 360° panoramic view of the old city, the new city and the Grand Palace. Something to note about Wat Saket is that it’s considered a sacred site, housing a relic of the Lord Buddha. You’ll likely see monks and locals at the temple praying.

Hours of Operation: Daily 8:00 – 17:30

Price: 50 Baht

Location: On the east side of the canal that makes up Rattanakosin island (the old city). Easily accessible from Slumber Party Bangkok, as Wat Saket is at the last stop of the Khlong canal taxi “Golden Mount Line”.  Wat Saket is the first stop on our walking tour, ask us in person to reserve your spot!

The Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw

The Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew are considered the heart of Thailand's spirit.

No visit to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace (and its nearby temples)! Built in 1782, it was the home of the Thai King, the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years. The Grand Palace is considered the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Walking through the palace complex, you’ll find several truly impressive buildings. Most notably is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). This temple is home to the greatly revered Emerald Buddha, dating back to the 14th century.

Hours of Operation: Daily 8:30 – 15:30

Price: 500 Baht   

Location: Na PhraLan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin) There is no public transit in the old city but the palace is part of the Slumber Party walking tour.

Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn is ironically best visited at sunrise.

Locally known as Wat Chaeng, this is one of the most famous temples in Bangkok. It’s absolutely scenic, perfect for an Instagram photoshoot. Its location gives it an amazing backdrop, super close to the Chao Praya River. On top of this, Wat Arun has very unique architecture that makes it stand out among the thousands of temples in Thailand. Ironically, it’s best to visit The Temple of Dawn at sunset. By this time of day, it’s cooled down a little and you can just sit back and relax with the beautiful sight of Thai heritage. The quietest time to visit Wat Arun (to avoid crowds) is bright and early, of course.

Hours of Operation: Daily 8:00 – 17:30

Price: 50 Baht

Location: On the west side of Chao Praya River, almost directly across the water from the Grand Palace. A long tail boat can be hired to take you across the water for a small fare should you want to visit both on the same day.

Wat Pho, The Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho (or Wat Phra Chetuphon), is located behind the Grand Palace complex. It’s named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived. Most of the Buddhist images in Wat Pho were brought over from abandoned temples in Ayutthaya. The most famous of which is an enormous Buddha image from Ayutthaya‘s Wat Phra Si Sanphet, destroyed by the Burmese in 1767.

Hours of Operation:  Daily 08:00 – 17:00

Price: 100 baht

Location: Maharat Road. Close to the river, behind the Grand Palace.

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