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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

Critics' choice
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

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

Leng Noi Yee (Wat Mangkorn)

Critics' choice
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

Wat Arun

Attractions

Seen on the TAT logo and B10 coin, this five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then...

34 Thanon Arun Amarin
Major venue

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 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 Ratchanadda

Attractions

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 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 Yannawa

Attractions

King Rama I first restored this Ayutthaya-era temple, and later King Rama III added a chedi platform that is shaped like a Chinese junk, complete with eyes...

1648 Thanon Charoen Krung
FreeMajor venue