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Chao Mae Tubtim Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thais worship for fertility or prosperity at this canalside shrine to the female deity Chao Mae Tubtim. They offer palad khik (animist phallic totems) in...

Soi Nai Lert
Free

Chinatown Heritage Centre & Golden Buddha

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

The famous solid gold Buddha image has been moved from a drab hall into the soaring spire of a marble mondop (artefact tower) that is so glaringly white you...

Wat Traimit
FreeMajor venue

Erawan Shrine

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Attractions

Thais seamlessly fuse modernity with spirit beliefs. This ability is encapsulated at the frenetic, smoky Hindu shrine to Brahma, erected in 1956 to appease...

At Erawan mall
FreeMajor venue

Leng Noi Yee (Wat Mangkorn)

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Attractions

Set behind an imposing multi-tiered entrance, the 'Dragon Flower Temple' (aka Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat) is Chinatown's first and biggest. Several sermon halls...

Thanon Charoen Krung
FreeMajor venue

Maha Uma Devi

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded in the 1860s by resident Tamils, this teeming Hindu temple is dubbed Wat Khaek ('guest temple'). Thais and Chinese, too, make offerings to Uma Devi...

2 Thanon Pan
FreeMajor venue

San Jao Sien Khong

Critics' choice
Attractions

Behind Riverview Guesthouse, this 200-year-old riverbank shrine comes alive during the Vegetarian Festival (Oct), when it stages Chinese opera and...

Soi Wanit 2
Free

Wat Benchamabophit

Critics' choice
Attractions

Clad in Italian Carrara marble, the 'marble temple' is a well-proportioned meld of East and West by Italian Hercules Manfredi. It was commissioned in 1899...

69 Thanon Rama V
Major venue

Wat Bowoniwet

Critics' choice
Attractions

Home to the city's second Buddhist university and the Supreme Patriarch (leader) of Thai Buddhism, this wat becomes a major focus on Buddhist holidays....

248 Thanon Phra Sumen
FreeMajor venue

Wat Maha But

Critics' choice
Attractions

This temple by Khlong Prakhanong holds a shrine to Mae Nak, who died in childbirth over 150 years ago while her husband was at war. In a much-filmed legend,...

749 Onnut Soi 7
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
Attractions

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 Suthat

Critics' choice
Attractions

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

Wat Suwannaram

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions

Art students flock to the wat's Ayutthaya-era bot (ask a monk to open it) to sketch the Rama III-era murals by Thai artist Thongyu (primarily jataka tales...

33 Charan Sanit Wong Soi 32
Free