Temples and Palaces in Bangkok

Links and information on temples (<em>wats</em>) and palaces in the capital...

Bangkok has a wealth of palaces and temples (wats) to visit.

Temples (wats)

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is the home of the famous Reclining Buddha and a school for traditional Thai massage and meditation. The Wat Pho Traditional Massage School offers massages and provides tuition to those wanting to learn the art of traditional Thai massage.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

The original home of the Emerald Buddha, the temple was continually added-to by the original Kings of Thailand. Today, even though it no longer holds the Emerald Buddha it is still considered a very impressive Wat.

  • For more information on Wat Arun from the Bangkok Tourism Division on Wat Arun: Click here

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

The most well-known temple in Thailand is located in Ratanakosin in the centre of Bangkok within the Royal Grand Palace. Despite usually being busy, the temple and the palace are definitely worth a visit. A strict dress code has to be followed when entering this temple.

Palaces

Royal Grand Palace

The most famous of all the palaces in Thailand, it has been improved continually and is now an impressive structure. It is also the home of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Situated on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, this complex of buildings was once the official residence of the King of Thailand. One of the main features is the late 18th-century Chakri Throne Hall built in traditional Thai style. The entrance to the complex is via the Gate of Glorious Victory on Thanon Na Phra Lan.

Vimanmek Palace

Built by King Rama V in a European style and finished in 1901, the palace has 81 rooms. Built almost entirely of golden teak, it is surrounded by verandas, flower gardens and lotus ponds. The palace houses Rama V's collection of artefacts which includes European furniture and bencharong ceramics. Visitors can also attend free outdoor performances of traditional Thai dance.

For further information on Vimanmek Palace: Click here