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Wat Indrawihan

Attractions

Down a shophouse alley, 'Wat In' is notable only for its standing Buddha. Eschewing normal proportions, this figure is a lofty 32m (105ft) tall - you can...

144 Thanon Visut Kasat
Free

Wat Kalayanamit

Attractions

Founded in 1825 by a Chinese nobleman, the temple needs Thailand's tallest vihaan to house its largest indoor sitting Buddha (15 metres/49 feet high). It...

371 Soi Wat Kalaya
Free

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 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 Pathumwanaram

Attractions

Fronted by a terrapin pond, this tranquil wat, undergoing restoration, houses superlative murals and the ashes of Prince Mahidol, father of Kings Rama XIII...

969 Thanon Rama I
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 Prayoon

Attractions

Fenced in with English-made cast iron, this family temple of the powerful Persian-descended Bunnag clan features Bangkok's first Sri Lankan-style chedi....

Thanon Tetsaban Sai 1
Free

Wat Rakhang

Attractions

This delightful riverside temple was restored by King Taksin and is famed for its red hor trai, a teak scripture hall where Rama I stayed before his reign...

Soi Wat Rakhang
Free

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 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 Ratchapradit

Attractions

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
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

Wat Tri Thosathep

Art, Attractions

At this relatively recent temple, natio-nal artist Chakraphan Posyakrita, master painter and puppeteer, continues to paint one of the most ambitious murals...

Thanon Prachatipathai
Free

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