Not only gorgeous beaches around Thailand but beautiful temples as well that you must visit. There are more than half a hundred thousand temples, and there are ten of them that are most beautiful. It will be even more interested if you know a bit of their history.
1.Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a temple and a place of symbol for Chiang Mai. It is situated on Doi Suthep with more than a thousand meters in height. It has one famous golden Chedi which is built in the Mon style in the year 1384. The Chedi is very archaic, but it signifies the architecture of ancient Lanna. Surrounding the Chedi is sightseeing spots which you can oversee the whole city of Chiang Mai.
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2.Wat Rong Suea Ten or the Blue Temple, Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Suea Ten or the Blue Temple is a temple that has absolutely unique characteristics. The building is a color combination between blue and gold which beautifully reflects the temple really well. This temple was built by Salanok who was a local artist in Chiang Rai in which is the structures are modified to become their own original.
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3.Wat Tham Suea/the Tiger Cave Temple, Kanchanaburi
The Tiger Cave Temple is famous for its big Buddha statue which is decorated with golden mosaic tiles that shine when hit with sunlight. You can even see it from far, including the orange Chedi with a height of 69 meters. The Chedi itself consists of nine levels with amazing arts inside it.
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4.Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya
Wat Phanan Choeng is an old and really important royal monastery that was built in the year 1325. Inside the temple, you can see a statue of Luang Pho To with a height of 19.2 meters. In fact, it is the most enormous sitting Buddha statue that was left since the Ayutthaya Kingdom and it has been well-respected by many Buddhists all over the world for such a long time.
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5.Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Bangkok
Wat Arun Ratchawararam is another famous temple that is worth mentioning. It contains a Buddha statue near the Chao Phraya River which you can see from a far. It is almost like a symbol of Thailand. This statue has a height of 81.85 meters and it was decorated with tiles and Benjarong plates which have ancient and rare details. You can also see the lights on this statue in the evening, and it is wonderful indeed. Another highlight of this temple is the two Yak (Giant) statues in front of the temple’s door and they also have a myth of their own to tell.
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6.Wat Chalong, Phuket
Wat Chalong is an old temple that has been here in Phuket with Phuket since the beginning and people who come to Phuket must come to visit. The really unique thing about this temple is the Buddha statue of Luang Pho Cham, which is a monk that the locals really respect. This particular statue is also mentioned in the province’s motto, so you know it must be important. There are people here to pay respect to the statue. There is also a Maha Chedi with many levels, Buddha statues in different attitudes, and a Buddhist relic at the top of the temple. At the top, you could also see a beautiful view of the entire temple!
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7.Wat Maha That Wachira Mongkol, Krabi
Wat Maha That Wachira Mongkol has a Maha Chedi with a height of 45 meters. In fact, this is the highest Chedi in all of the southern region of Thailand! The design of the Maha Chedi is similar to the place called Bodh Gaya or Mahabodhi Temple, which is the place where the Buddha is enlightened in India. They are both massive and contain beautiful details that you must see to believe. Inside of the Chedi also have some wall art in which they are as magnificent as the ones on its exterior.
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8.Wat Sirindhorn Wararam Phu Prao or Wat Ruang Sang, Ubon Ratchathani
Wat Sirindhorn Wararam is a temple which is located on a mountain with a beautiful structure that is filled with magnificent architecture and decoration. In fact, the model for the design came from Wat Chiang Thong in Laos. However, its most special characteristic can only be seen during the night. The back side of the temple will glow with green color from Cassia Bakeriana Craibs that are hanging beautifully. If you are lucky, you might see the sky full of stars too. There are actually many spots in the temple that are glowing, and if you use your flash from your mobile phone, you can draw something on the spot that is glowing and take a picture as a souvenir!
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9.Wat Thung Setthi, Khon Kaen
Wat Thung Setthi is a temple with a grand and amazing chedi in the middle of the water which is known as Maha Rattana Chedi Sri Trai Lokka That. According to the belief, this is a chedi of the three worlds which are heaven, human world, and the underworld. This Chedi combines various art styles from Thailand, China, India, and the western continents perfectly into one masterpiece. The Chedi itself has gold as its decoration with beautiful fine details. You can see the black Buddha statue inside with gems as its accessories. In fact, it is the style from Lopburi. In the evening, the temple will shine the light on the Chedi which produces a magnificent picture.
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10.Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan or Luang Pho Sothon Temple, Chachoengsao
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan is the most famous temple in the eastern region of Thailand! There are three annual events here and there are many people who come here every year for these three events, so you should not miss them. However, the dates are not exactly the same every year, but if you come and visit Thailand around the following month, you might be able to catch it. The first event is held at the Chinese New Year celebration, the second event is in May, and the final one is in December. It does not really matter if there are festivals here or not, there will still be a lot of people at this temple as people have faith in the holiness of Luang Pho Sothon in which you can come and pray for your own luck. Please be cautious of your belongings as the place is always crowded with worshippers.
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