2 Mesmerizing Temples in Bangkok

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Intricately detailed murals that cover the walkways around Wat Pho

When you google image Bangkok the first thing you'll come across are it's jaw-dropping temples. Visit to the city is incomplete if you don't explore at least one of the Wats. I luckily got a chance to see two of these - one that is very famous and the other which is equally spectacular but lesser known to the tourists.

Quick pointers :

*Make sure you dress appropriately and cover your knees and shoulders (both sexes).

*Visit early morning or close to sunset. It get's super hot and tiring so carry sunscreen, a hat and sun glasses.

*Wear comfortable and easy-to-remove shoes.

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There are four chapels that contain 394 gilded Buddha images at Wat Pho

1. WAT PHO

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Long lines of Buddha statues from different parts of Thailand

Home to hundreds of Buddhist artefacts and the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is one of largest and most iconic temple in Bangkok. It's the birthplace of traditional thai massage and thai medicine. The training for massage therapists takes place on the premises so grab this opportunity to get an authentic thai experience.

THE RECLINING BUDDHA

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The temple of The Reclining Buddha

The main attraction at Wat Pho is the huge reclining buddha which is 15 meters tall and 46 meters long. The feet of the Reclining Buddha statue are 5 meters long and decorated in laksana (Buddhist Sanskrit symbols & characters) of the Buddha. It's said that if you want good luck then you can purchase a bowl of coins which can be dropped in the 108 bronze bowls lined up.

I would suggest that you explore all the sections of the Wat Pho first and visit The Reclining Buddha in the end. Mainly to avoid the sun before the heat really gets to you.

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Every corner is decorated with such detail and precision

Entrance fee - 100 Baht

Opening Hours - 8am to 5pm

2. WAT BENCHAMABOPHIT

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Built in 1899 by Prince Narai, half-brother of Rama V

So I've never travelled all by myself but it was our last day in Bangkok and I read somewhere that this temple has it's own charm. Without any further hesitation I took my camera and went for my first mini solo expedition. I'm glad that I took this step because it truly was enchanting.

The Marble Temple is not as famous at Wat Poh therefore it's less touristy. I visited around 12pm and it was almost empty. Enough time and space to explore at my own leisure. The temple is created in traditional Thai and European style and used fine white marble from Italy as a construction material.

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If you're lucky then you'll see monks wandering at the premises. They have their own private living quarters across the canal separated from the temple area.
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Wat Benchamabophit is also known for it's religious festivals and processions.

Entrance fee - 50 Baht

Opening hours - 8 am to 5pm

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