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Wat Po
This world famous temple is located right next to the Grand Palace on the south side. It is one of Bangkok's oldest and largest temples. Wat Pho was built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago and houses the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha. This unique image is 46 metres in length and 15 metres high with beautifully inlaid mother-of pearl soles . Wat Pho is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called "Thailand's First University". The building housing the Reclining Buddha is open daily from 8.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. Admission fee is Baht 20.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River Wat Arun can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by crossing the river hy boat from Tha Tien Pier near Wat Pho. The most attractive structure in this temple is the 79 metre-high pagoda or "Phra Prang". Wat Arun was restored during the brief Thonhuri period to he the Royal Chapel of King Taksin. Despite its name "Temple of the Dawn" the most beautiful view of it is from the Bangkok side of the river at sunset. Admission fee is Baht 10.

Wat Trimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
At the end of Yaowarat Road near Bangkok's Hualamphong Railway Station is a temple situated on Traimit Road. This temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha constructed during the Sukhothai period. The image of solid gold is three meters high and weighs five and a half tons. this image is open to the from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. Originally, this golden buddha image was completely covered with plaster to conceal it from the enemy then invading Thailand and was installed as the principal Buddha image in the main temple building of Choti-naram Temple or Wat Phrayakrai, Yannawa District, Bangkok in the third reign of the Chakkri Dynasty in the Ratanakosin era. When Chotanaram Temple was deserted in about 1931, the East Asiatic Company, with official pernission, extended its operations into the land area of the deserted temple. When the building was completed and while preparations were being made to move this Golden Buddha image to the building, the covering plaster was partly broken. Only then did the people realize that it was a golden Buddha image. Thus, it has been treasured for its historical, artistic and cultural values to this day. Part of the covering plaster is also on display inside the temple building.

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
The Marble Temple is on Si Ayutthaya Road near Chitralada Palace. The temple is well-known because its main building was constructed during the reign of King Rama V. The best time to visit this temple is early in the morning when Buddhist monks are chanting inside the chapel. The interior of the main building is magnificently decorated with cross beams of lacquer and gold. A large collection of Bronze Buddhas lines the walls of the spacious inner courtyard. The main building is open to visitors until 5.00 p.m. There is an admission charge of Baht 10.

Wat Suthat (The Giant Swing)
Located on Bamrung Muang Road this temple took 27 years to build. It is famous for the excellent murals in the main building from the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851). The viharn should be seen for its collection of gilded Buddha images. The temple complex is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. In front of the temple is the famous Giant Swing. Many shops surrounding Wat Suthat stock a very comprehensive range of Buddhist ecclesiastic supplies.

 

Wat Sa Ket (The Golden Mount)
Wat Sa Ket or the Golden Mount was begun during the reign of King Rama I (1782-1800). The golden chedi houses relics of Lord Buddha and affords visitors a panoramic view of Bangkok.

Wat Indravihan
Located in Bangkhunphrom area on Wisutkrasat Road Wat Indravihan is well-known for a huge standing Buddha image. This image of "Buddhasiariyametriya" is 32 metres tall (108.99 feet) and 10 metres and 24 inches wide (40.09 feet). This Buddhist monument was built during the reign of King Rama IV. The topknot of the Buddha image contains a relic of Lord Buddha brought from Sri Lanka. The temple is open to the public every day. There is no admission fee.

Wat Thammamongkhon
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 101 this is the highest pagoda in Bangkok. The pagoda 94.78 high, has 14 storey and an elevator to enable visitors, particularly elderly people, to go to the top of the building. Relics and a hair of the Lord Buddha, kept in the pagoda, were presented by the Supreme Patriach of Bangladesh.

Wat Ratchanatdaram
Located on Thanon Mahachai. This royal temple was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846. Loha Prasat (Metal Palace) one of its tourist attractions standing on its 36 meters high with 37 surrounding spires is the only one of its kind left in the world. Situated in the nearby area are a royal pavilion for a guest welcome and the memorial statue of King Rama III.

Wat Bowonniwet
The building is located on Phra Sumen Road, in Banglumphu area. Built in 1829, it is the shrine-hall of Phra Phutthachinasri which was molded in about 1357. Wat Bowon niwet is one of the most important temples of Bangkok whose one-time chief abbot was King Rama IV before he ascended the throne. Other Chakri Kings who had resided here during their monkhood include King Rama Vl and King Rama Vll as well as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic)
This is a very old temple on Na Phrathat Road between Silpakom University and Thammasat University. The back of the temple faces the Pramane Ground or Sanam Luang. Wat Mahathat was built during the reign of King Rama I and houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in the country. Those interested in Buddhist meditation should visit Section 5 which is the head-quarters of Wipassana (insight) meditation inThailand. Information and practice in English can usually arranged according to availability of suitable monks. The temple complex is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. On Buddhist holy days there is a thriving open air market in the grounds and a comprehensive selection of traditional Thai medicines usually in plant or root form for sale.

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