Thailand Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Wat Phra KaewWat Phra Kaew
Bangkok, Thailand

The holiest Buddhist shrine in Thailand, this large temple complex within the Grand Palace houses a revered statue of the Emerald Buddha.

Erawan ShrineErawan Shrine
Bangkok, Thailand

This popular city shrine features the four-faced Hindu god Brahma. Built to appease evil spirits during the accident-prone construction of the Grand Hyatt in 1956, it still attracts worshippers day an

Wat PhoWat 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 Benchamabophit
Bangkok, Thailand

Named for the white Carrara marble of which it is constructed, the Marble Temple is the newest, and one of the most beautiful, of Bangkok's royal wats. It also has some interesting European influences.

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 Saket
Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Saket dates from the Ayutthaya era and was restored by King Rama I. Famous for its great golden stupa, it is used for cremation and burials due to its location outside the walls.

Wat Phra Singh
Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Temple of the Lion Buddha is an important Buddhist monastery founded in the 14th century. It houses two medieval Buddha statues and includes some notable Lanna architecture.

Wat Chet Yot
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located in peaceful green grounds, this unique and elegant temple was built in 1453 to host the Eighth World Buddhist Council. Its design is based on the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India.

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.

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.

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 t