Photo: At Wat Ratchaburana.

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Lesser-known Bangkok temples

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Of the roughly 600 temples found in Bangkok, most travellers hit only the big draws like Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Traimit. These are popular for good reason, but many of the non-touristy temples can offer a soothing canal-side atmosphere, exceptional artwork or something completely different. Read on to find the lesser-known temples that are worth a look.

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The wats are arranged here from north to south in two segments: temples on the east side of the river run from Wat Thewarat Kunchorn to Wat Yannawa, while those on the west side in Thonburi run from Wat Suwannaram down to Wat Kamphaeng. Serious temple buffs could hit all of them in two days—one on the east side of the river and another on the west. Or you could pick a few to sprinkle into a more typical sightseeing excursion in Bangkok.

Wat Thewarat Kunchorn This sleepy temple sits beside Thewet pier and fresh market along the Chao Phraya River in the Dusit area and was established before Bangkok became the Thai capital in 1782. Evocative murals in the 19th-century ordination hall display celestial beings riding clouds above monks contemplating skeletons and dying people. But the highlight is the attached Golden Teak Museum, a centuries-old teak hall first built way up in Phrae and later reconstructed in Bangkok. Among the wide pillars and intricate carvings sit life-like fiberglass statues of revered Thai monks.

The Golden Teak Museum. Photo taken in or around Lesser-known Bangkok temples, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

The Golden Teak Museum. Photo: David Luekens

Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawihan (also spelt Devaraj): 90 Sri Ayutthaya Rd (next to Thewet Pier on the orange flag river ferry line); T: (02) 281 2430; museum open Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00 and admission ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Unless otherwise noted, all of these temples are open daily from early morning to around 18:00 and are free to visit.


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