The vast majority of people in Thailand are Buddhists for whom the temple plays an important role in the spiritual wellbeing of individuals and the community. There are over 31,200 Buddhist temples spread around Thailand. In Thai they are called wat. They are grouped into two main groups: temples which are permitted to carry out religious functions and those which are used only for living quarters for monks.
Wat Phra Kaeo temple
Wat Phra Kaeo temple is situated in the capital city of Bangkok and is more commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha because it houses a small two foot jade statue of Buddha which rests upon a huge golden alter. The temple is very elaborately decorated with a rich array of colours that are sure to astonish and dazzle all visitors. This Buddhist temple is also significant in that it is the official royal chapel where the revered Thai royal family goes to perform their religious ceremonies. Phra Kaeo temple is situates inside the grounds of the Royal Palace and aside from the decorations of the actual building is home to some fascinating paintings and sculptures.
Wat Traimit, Temple of the Gold Buddha – the most amazing feature of this temple is the fact that the 3 meter tall Buddha image is made up of 5.5 tons of solid gold. It was made about 700 years ago in the Sukhothai period but the image was covered in plaster in fear of the invading Burmese. It was rediscovered about 40 years ago.
Wat Pho Temple
Wat Pho is one of the famous Buddha temples where there is a golden Buddha statue. Each of the statues inside the temple represents different styles of Yoga. Wat Pho is also famous for traditional Thai therapeutic massages which originated from this temple. There are a lot of depictions of Lord Buddha’s early life since childhood.
Wat Pho is also famous for the reclining Buddha which stands at about forty five meters long and sixteen meters high. Thailand Tourism also offers you to visit the temple from 8 ‘o’ clock in the morning to evening 5 ‘o’ clock. Massage hours are extended by an hour up to 6 ‘o’ clock in the evening.
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Wat Benchamabophit is another Buddhist temple located inside Chitlanda Palace at Dusit District. It was founded in the year 1911. Prince Naris, one of the greatest designers of the world, designed the temple. The Sukhotha styled Buddha statue inside the temple is an amazing sight to view for every tourist. Monks perform special prayers inside the temple on a daily basis.
Thailand tourism has some great temples and palaces. If you plan on a spiritual or historical itinerary, Thailand tourism will offer you a tremendous spiritual experience and will provide you historical, ancient, mythological, civilization and cultural information on the geography of Thailand.