Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!
Welcome to Thailand! One of the world’s most densely Buddhist country. More than 93% of Thai people are Buddhists. It’s a common sight on the streets of Bangkok to see ochre yellow robed monks walking around everywhere – even on public transportation. Like other heavily populated cities, Bangkok is known for its vast amount of beautiful and unique temples.
Temples, or more specifically, Buddhist temples in Thailand are called “Wat”, pronounced just like the question “what”. One of the most well-known and respected temples in Bangkok is Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn. The temple stands majestically over the Chao Phraya river, and is beautifully appointed with colorful architectural designs. Conveniently located across the Temple of Dawn is Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Not only does this temple house the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, but its main attraction happens to be a magnificent 46m long reclining Buddha. Entrance Fees for both temples are at 100 baht per person. They are usually open from 8:30am – 6pm.
Both men and women visiting Thai temples are expected to dress appropriately in conservative attire and color. For men, sleeved shirts and long pants will do. As for women, sleeved tops, long pants, or a long skirt is appropriate. If you are unprepared however – these wats will have clothing items for rent.
Your best bet to get to Wat Pho is to call an uber or a taxi. It takes roughly 30 minutes, depending on the traffic from Chao Hostel. From Wat Pho – Wat Arun is almost directly across the River!
To get to Wat Arun, you can head to the Sapphan Taksin boat pier close to Wat Pho. Boats that stop at pier 8 will take you across the river, and a short walking distance gets you to Wat Arun. Feel free to ask temple goers and workers for directions – they are very kind and willing to help!
Thai Temples are open to people of all races, cultures, and religious beliefs – it really is a must when visiting Bangkok!
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