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Golden Mount & Wat Saket

Attractions

Assembled from canal diggings, the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) was intended by Rama III to be clad as a giant chedi. Proving unstable, the rubble was...

344 Chakkraphatdiphong
FreeMajor venue

Wat Mahathat

Attractions

Less handsome than its neighbours, this large monastery is nonetheless important and more of a 'working' wat. All Thai capitals have ritually required a...

3/5 Thanon Maharat
Free

Wat Pho

Critics' choice
Attractions

This vast, mellow temple rewards wandering, despite some touristy aspects. Its popular name derives from the 16th-century Wat Photharam, which was rebuilt...

2 Thanon Sanam Chai
Major venue

Wat Ratchabophit

Critics' choice
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With a fruit market at the side and schoolchildren playing in its grounds, this seldom-visited but fabulously ornate temple is most lively in late...

2 Thanon Fuang Nakhon
Free

Wat Ratchanadda

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The only version of this step-pyramidal tower style still standing, the Loha Prasat ('Metal Palace') is modelled on a Sri Lankan metal temple from the third...

2 Maha Chai Road
FreeMajor venue

Wat Ratchapradit

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Less grandiose than its neighbours, this pretty, little, grey marble temple has an inviting, contemplative atmosphere. Another East-West hybrid, it was...

2 Thanon Saranrom
Free

Wat Suthat

Critics' choice
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Looming behind the Giant Swing, Bangkok's tallest vihaan houses the awe-inducing 8m (26ft) Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha. One of the largest surviving...

146 Thanon Bamrung Muang
Major venue