A tour through the bustle of Bangkok’s streets would be incomplete without having entered and honored the numerous shrines that dot the landscape. Include these temples on your bucket list.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Showcasing the intricacies of a sublime heritage that dates back to the times of the Thai Royal court, the compound that features the Grand Palace is where one ought to commence journeying through time. Within the palace grounds, one will be welcomed by the alluring sight of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha housing the priceless Emerald Buddha statue which saw the light of day in the 14th century.
Arguably, Bangkok’s most revered shrine, Wat Arun is dedicated to Aruna, the Hindu god of dawn. Easily distinguished by the central spire or ‘prang’ that represents Mount Meru believed to be the center of the world as per Tibetan Buddhist cosmology, the temple rises to 82 meters in the air and symbolizes elements of Khmer architecture. The five prangs are beautified in bits of seashells and porcelain mosaics while inside the ordination hall, you will come into contact with murals that testify to the lives of the Thai royal family.
Nestled north of Bangkok in Dusit is a classic example of contemporary Thai architecture termed Wat Benchamabophit. The visitor will be able to spend time in awe of the 3-tier symmetrical roof that can be seen from quite a distance away before being captivated by the Carara Italian marble that covers every inch of the shrine. Further, be sure to explore the ornate bridges and water pavilion that add to the calmness of the compound.
The colorfully appointed Erawan Shrine is fundamentally Brahman and was built to honor the Brahma god, Than Tao Mahaprom. Located down Ratchadamri Road, the Shrine attracts visitors throughout the day and part of being here is to watch a Chinese lion dance. Should you desire a Bangkok hotel, 5-star luxury, and exceptional services at Pathumwan Princess Hotel would serve your interests well.