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Below is an illustrated index of the 9 Thai sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Wat Arun
    Bangkok, Thailand
    This beautiful Buddhist temple is a major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The central chedi, covered in shells and porcelain, represents mythical Mt. Meru.
  • Wat Benchamabophit
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Named for the white Carrara marble of which it's constructed, the Marble Temple is the most modern and one of the most beautiful of Bangkok's royal wats. It also has some interesting European influences.
  • Wat Pho
    Bangkok, Thailand
    This is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, built in 1788 on the site of an even earlier temple. It is known as the birthplace of Thai massage and the home of the giant golden Reclining Buddha.
  • Wat Suthat
    Bangkok, Thailand
    One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, Wat Suthat is famed for its beautiful roofs, huge bronze Buddha, magnificent frescoes and giant red swing out front.
  • Wat Traimit
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Wat Traimit is home to the magnificent Golden Buddha, the largest solid-gold Buddha image in the world. Cast 900 years ago, it was hidden under plaster until its rediscovery in 1957.
  • Wat Chedi Luang
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Built in 1391 and expanded later, this impressive temple was damaged in the 1545 earthquake and never rebuilt. It once contained the Emerald Buddha.
  • Wat Chiang Man
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, begun in 1306. It enshrines the Crystal Buddha, one of the greatest treasures in Thailand.
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    The holiest shrine in northern Thailand, this Buddhist temple crowning Doi Suthep mountain was founded in 1386 under miraculous circumstances.
  • Old Sukhothai Historical Park
    Sukhothai, Thailand
    This historical park in north-central Thailand is the ruined capital of the Sukhothai kingdom, founded in 1238. The moated central zone contains 21 temples in a beautiful setting of lawns, lakes and trees.