Traditions and Trends both exist concurrently in the lives of the people of Bangkok.
Be it the continuous hymn in the Buddha temples, the always open street shops or the never dim alleys of Sukhumvit – the city just never sleeps. The ‘city of angels’ as rightly called is as much of a place to be for a 10 year old as for a 60 year old. It is mesmerizing, inspiring and truly enjoyable city.
There are many beautiful, huge temples across Bangkok and its suburbs, but if you just have a day to spent visiting temples then you should definitely go to the main three temples – Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) – all three of which are on the banks of Chao Pharaya River.
Staying by the riverside in my experience is more fun than staying in the crowded Sukhumvit area; for the main reason of easy accessibility to all the transport modes (river boats, metro, and bus network). One can get on river boats plying on Chao Pharaya River to reach Wat Phra Kaew which is located inside the Grand Palace compound.
The visiting charges are around 1500 THB for each ticket and includes both Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew temple. Temple and palace gardens are beautifully decorated and well maintained and best part – photography is allowed!
The Grand Palace & Temple Wat Phra Kaew – entrance view
A young monk
Grand Palace with colorful rooftops and curated gardens
The Reclining Buddha statue in Wat Pho is another wonder by its sheer size and powerful aura. Although, this temple is just beside Wat Phra Kaew, it will take considerable time to immerse in the chanting at these temples and one should plan to spend at least 4-5 hours in total.
Devotees at the temple of Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Another temple inside the Wat Pho compound where monks were praying and devotees and visitors were allowed to sit and pray.
Next stop was Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn, which is on the opposite shore and one needs to take the ferry to cross over the river. The ferry charge is fix around 3-4 THB and is run by a different company than the one running ferries in the main river route.
Wat Arun is beautiful and very much different than other temples. It has steep stairs to climb on top of the temple, Khmer style architecture and the view from the top is amazing.
Wat Arun as viewed from the opposite shore.
Steep steps at Wat Arun
View from the top
beautiful gardens at Wat Arun
Hope you enjoyed the photos.. Inbox me if you need any help with your plans to go on temple hopping while in Bangkok!