Wat Intharawihan or Wat Intharavihan is a wat located in the Nakhon District of Bangkok, Thailand. Wat Intharawihan predates the founding of Bangkok in 1782. One of the main features is a 32 meter tall, 10 meter wide standing Buddha. It took over 69 years to complete and is decorated in glass mosaics and 24-carat gold
Wat Arun is on the West Bank of the river. Its image is on Thai currency and is one of Bangkok’s most ionic constructs. The Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, is also one of the most ornate in the city. We visited this temple on our first trip to Bangkok. The temple derives it’s name from the Hindu god Aruna. The first light of morning reflects off this temple with pearly iridescence.
Wat Pho, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, featuring the famous reclining Buddha. It’s located next to the Grand Palace. Wat Pho (or Wat Phra Chetuphon), is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and I recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand. Wat Pho is considered one of the most pleasant places to visit in Bangkok according to many.
Wat Pharos Kaeo houses the famous Emerald Buddha, a dark green statue, is in a standing form, about 66 centimetres (26 in) tall, carved from a single jade stone (Emerald in Thai means deep green colour and not the specific stone) and is considered the most sacred temple in Thailand. It is carved in the meditating posture in the style of the Lanna school of the northern Thailand. Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch the statue. The King changes the cloak around the statue three times a year, corresponding to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons, an important ritual performed to usher good fortune to the country during each season.
The legendary history of this Buddha image is traced to India, five centuries after the Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, till it was finally enshrined in Bangkok at the Wat Phra Kaew temple in 1782 during Rama I’s reign (1782–1809).
Sri-Maha-Mariamman is built in the style specific to temples I’ve seen in southern India . It is one of only two Hindu temples in all of Bangkok and was built around 1879. It is the oldest of the Hindu temples and devoted to the goddess Uma and is a special gathering place for thousands of transsexual devotees. The annual Navratri Festival, held in October, is also know for its Burmese and Vietnamese restaurants crowded with thousands of fire eating powder dusting worshippers.
No matter what your preference, Bangkok temples are an amazing adventure and I’m thrilled to have experienced many of them.