There are thousands of temples in Thailand, each representing a distinct architectural style, age, and religion. Because it is physically impossible to travel to all of these places, we group them in our blog about Thailand according to the characteristics they share or the location on the map where they are located. This is because there is at least one place worth seeing in each and every city and region of the country. In a previous piece, we provided information regarding the most significant temples in Bangkok; the temples on today’s list share a peculiar architectural trait as a unifying factor.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Kung, which is located in Chiang Rai, deviates from the traditional architectural style that is typical of temples located across the rest of Thailand. The colour white is meant to signify the Buddha’s absolute goodness. You have to walk across a bridge that is adorned with hieratic figures in order to get into the main area. These figures are meant to be a metaphor for the required suffering that you have to go through in order to get to heaven. The first stone was laid in 1997, and it is anticipated that construction would continue for several more decades after that.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Muang
Wat Muang is by far the most popular of all of the temples that we can discover in Aong Thon; nonetheless, there are quite a few to choose from. Long before one arrives at the temple, one can make out the enormous figure of Buddha, which stands 92 metres tall. Visitors are able to get a better sense of the scale of the statue by touching its fingertips, which are mounted on a small plinth.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Tang Sai
The construction of the Tang Sai Temple, which celebrates the 50th year of King Bhumibol’s reign and is located in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, took place on a tiny hill in the area known as Chong Chai. The name Rama IX was given to his rule, and the structure’s nine pagodas are meant to represent that. During the most important Thai holidays, the temple is illuminated, and it is possible to view it from the beach at its feet while eating a supper at which fresh fish will be abundant from the region.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Pa Phu Kon
The Isan region in northeast Thailand is home to a number of beautiful temples, but the most impressive one is Pa Phu Kon. It is situated in the midst of a verdant forest that is found high in the mountains. After an ecological crisis occurred in the forests that were located nearby in 1984, the efforts of a Buddhist monk to conserve the natural environment inspired the construction of this structure, which took place between 2010 and 2013. It is a well-known destination for religious tourism, and within the amenities of the temple, there are rooms specifically designated for pilgrims. There is a massive reclining Buddha sculpted out of Carrara marble inside the building.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Non Kum
One of the most well-known temples in all of Nakhon Ratchasima is Wat Non Kum, which can be found close to a lake. Nakhon Ratchasima, which is often referred to as Korat, is one of the major cities located in the Isan Plateau Region of northern Thailand. Rice fields and other remnants of Khmer settlements dot the landscape of this province, which is mostly known for its rice production. One of the most popular sights for tourists is the temple’s reflection in the lake’s water, which is especially true on evenings when the sky is pink as the sun goes down.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Roi Phra Phutthabat Phu Manorom
The enclosure of this temple in Mukdahan contains a gigantic figure of Buddha that is sixty metres high (84 including the pedestal), a footprint of Buddha, and what is undoubtedly the most peculiar structure, a large blue statue that represents Naga and seems to slide down the rock towards the Mekong River. All of these can be found within the enclosure of this temple.
Temples in Thailand: Wat Tham
Due to the archaeological and historical significance of the site, Wat Sawant tokhuha, also known as Wat Tham (as it is known locally), is considered to be one of the most renowned temples in the Phang Nga region. A stunning golden statue of a Reclining Buddha that is fifteen metres long is one of the many Buddha images that can be found in this temple, which is situated on a limestone mountain filled with natural caves. The cave’s gloomy entrance provides a unique feel to the surrounding area due to the nature of the light that it emits.
The cavern itself is quite fascinating, since it is home to a number of stalactite and stalagmite formations of varying sizes and shapes. Around the temple resides a sizable group of macaques that are accustomed to the presence of humans and are always on the lookout for any scraps of food that may have been left behind by visitors.