When it comes to temples in Thailand, there are very many of them. There are also quite a lot of temples in the city of Bangkok. This is understandable given the fact that many Thais are Buddhists. Temples range in size from fairly smaller ones, to the truly majestic examples. If you’re going to visit Bangkok, it’s a good idea to visit at least a few of these temples or wats. The structures themselves contain much interesting architectural and artistic detail. And these temples also allow you to take a peek into the cultural and religious practices of the people living there.

Depending on your time and travel constraints, you will at least want to be able to see some of the more prominent temples in Bangkok. A good place to start is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This particular temple is located in the Grand Palace complex. So if you do choose to visit it, there will also be other interesting sights for you to check out in its immediate vicinity. One of the highlights of this temple is the emerald Buddha statue. It gets its color from the fact that it is made of a large block of jade. This statue is so special and revered, that only the king is allowed to go near it. The temple was built in the late 1700’s, but the jade Buddha already existed several centuries before that.

Certain rules exist for people who visit this temple, and many of these rules apply to other temples as well. Keep these in mind because people who flout these rules usually find themselves very inconvenienced. There’s a dress code to watch out for, and it’s based on the fact that temples in general are sacred and religious places. People go there to practice their religion. Make sure to avoid wearing shorts or sandals. You’ll need to dress up a bit more formally than that. Clothing which reveals a lot of skin is also not allowed. If what you’re wearing doesn’t meet the requirements, there’s a good chance that you simply won’t be allowed in.

Another temple to visit in Bangkok is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is a very prominent temple, which is well-known partly because of the huge statue of the Buddha on its premises. The statue is almost fifty meters long, and the surface of this statue has gold leaf covering it. It’s quite a sight to behold, which helps to explain why so many people visit this temple. This isn’t the only statue of note in the temple, however. You can also check out the rows and rows of smaller statues, which are also covered in gold leaf. There are hundreds of these, making them quite a lovely sight as well.

Finally, consider paying a visit to the Temple of the Dawn. This is a very picturesque temple found along the Chao Phraya river. In the evening, the temple is bathed with artificial light, making it quite beautiful. The surface of the temple itself is adorned and embellished with colored glass and porcelain.