Temples and shrines in Bangkok are the heart and soul of the city. The intricate details in each pillar and wall and the excellent architecture are mesmerising, and the peace and quiet will give you a zen state of mind. Here are 3 of the most popular temples you must not miss during your visit.

Wat Phra Kaew

Also known as the temple of Emerald Buddha, this breathtaking temple complex is built inside the Grand Palace. The spotlight of the sacred grounds is on the Emerald Buddha statue carved from a 66cm tall jade block. You will find delicate murals in a 2 kilometres long gallery, and a large golden chedi of Phra Sri Rattana that stands tall. The temple is only 30 minutes away from any Sukhumvit hotel, including the famous Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok.

Basile Morin, วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม วัดพระแก้ว กรุงเทพมหานคร – Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand, CC BY-SA 4.0

Wat Pho

The famous temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and features a 15-metre-tall and 43-metre-long reclining statue of Lord Buddha. The statue is covered in gold leaf and intricate carvings, a truly rare sight to witness. You will also find 91 stupas and 1000 Buddha images in the complex.

Wat Arun        

One of the most iconic temple complexes in the city located right next to the stunning Chao Phraya River. Also known as the temple of the dawn, this temple features the most distinctive shape which is a Khmer-style tower, surrounded by 4 smaller towers. You can climb the stairs and treat your eyes to the view from the top, which is breathtakingly beautiful.