For anyone deciding to take their vacation to Bangkok, Thailand, there is one activity they must do—sightseeing! From awe-inspiring temples to massive structures, modern and ancient co-exist in perfect harmony, and it would be a good idea for anyone to explore them.
That said, complete your Bangkok vacation by visiting these three places:
1. Wat Saket
If you’re looking for one of the oldest temples that you can find in Thailand, pay a visit to Wat Saket, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The first thing you’ll notice when you see the temple is the golden walls, as well as the golden stupa in the center, which is the main attraction. It won’t surprise you to know that Wat Saket is also called Golden Mount. Sitting atop a hill, this massive temple offers you a spectacle like no other—a 360 panoramic view of Bangkok. You’ll need to climb a flight of stairs to reach the top. It’s quite a climb, but there are a few spots to take a break on the way.
If you find yourself here during Thailand’s Loy Kratong festival, the golden stupa will be decorated with red cloth and lanterns that’ll make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the olden days to celebrate the wonderful occasion.
2. Wat Arun
Also known as Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is another temple you must visit, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There’s no way you’re going to miss this temple while roaming around the Chao Phraya River. Why? Its most striking feature, an 82-meter tower built out of porcelain, will catch anyone’s attention. If you’re planning to come here, we highly recommend reaching the place through a ferry service from Tha Tien Pier. While a boat trip on the Chao Phraya river is quite an experience, the view of the temple from the waters is just utterly stunning.
Once you do reach the place, you’re also allowed to climb the tower and find out what’s inside. It’s quite a steep climb, so be a little careful!
3. Wat Suthat
The final temple we’re going to talk about that you must visit is Wat Suthat, open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The most striking feature of this temple is not the temple itself, but what lies just in front of it—a giant swing. The swing, along with the temple, was erected in 1784 and used to celebrate the year-end rice harvest.
The swing was used by men in costumes to—you guessed it—swing! Teams of men would group up and swing as high as they can to grab a bag of gold that’s suspended in the air around 25 meters high. Unfortunately, this ceremony was quite dangerous, and fatalities stopped the swinging event by 1935. That said, it is still one of the most famous attractions in Bangkok, and your vacation here won’t be complete if you don’t visit it.
Bangkok’s temples are one of the most amazing sights to behold. Visiting them gives you the chance to be transported back through time to days when life is much simpler and to experience what people back then experienced. That said, we hope that you do take the time to visit the three temples we’ve mentioned, as well as many more when you do have the time!
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