Wat Pho

Having been built in the 17th century, the wat is older than the city itself, however the temple bears no resemblance to theoriginal construction as King Rama I had the wat rebuilt when the capital was moved what is now known as Bangkok. In 1832, King Rama III enlarged the temple and turned it into Thailand’s first learning center, effectively making it the first University in the country. It has since become the center for traditional Thai…

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahatat one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class, the temple houses Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University, which is one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand, for those who would like to study the temple offers meditation instruction in English for visitors. The temple is open daily and admission is free. For more information on the Vipassana Medidation centre, Tel.…

Wat Arun – The Temple Of Dawn

The landmark of this temple is a 79-meter-tall massive central pagoda, “Phra Prang”, and four smaller ones at each corner. The ornamentation of the central pagoda consists of encrusted pieces of porcelain which sparkle in the sun. Despite its name, the best photographic opportunities are in the late afternoon with the sun setting in the red sky behind the temple. To visit the temple, shuttle boats from the Tha Tian Pier at…

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew – The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha dates back to the 14th century. Measuring 45 cm in height, the Emerald Buddha is carved from a single piece of Jade.  The robes on the Buddha are changed every season by HM The King of Thailand, and these rituals are some of the most important in the Buddhist calendar.   The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and served as the official residence…