I don’t know how to even describe the beauty of the temples in Bangkok. As soon as you walk onto the grounds of any of these temples, you’re almost overwhelmed (well at least I was). You feel the history, you see the beauty, you understand the culture… I really don’t know what word to use other than ‘beautiful’.
Our tour guide Minnie gave us a breakdown of the history at each temple, I don’t wanna disrespect the culture by getting any of the details wrong, so I’m not even going to try to break it down (there’s so much history!) But I highly recommend going on a private guided tour (it cuts out a lot of the chaos of getting around, entry tickets & you get a more in-depth experience)
The first temple we visited was Wat Traimit – The Temple of the Golden Buddha. This temple is known for housing the 3 metre tall, 5.5 tonne solid gold Buddha.
Our next stop was The Grand Palace, a complex of buildings & temples in the heart of Bangkok. It includes Wat Phra Kaew – home to the revered Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade (the one area of the Grand Palace photos are not allowed). The temples vary in style depending on the era in which they were built & which King was reigning at the time.The details of these temples are unlike anything I’ve ever seen! We couldn’t resist! 🙂
The last temple we visited was Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Not only is Wat Pho known for housing the giant 46 metre long reclining Buddha, but it’s also home to more Buddha images than any other temple in Bangkok & is the birthplace of traditional Thai Massage.It’s almost impossible to get the entire Buddha to fit into a photo! I tried my best though 😉
If I could only see one thing while in Bangkok, it would be the temples. I have the utmost respect for Thai people & their culture. This day was a beautiful & enlightening experience.