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As a predominately Buddhist country, Thailand has numerous Buddhist temples dating back nearly 1,000 years. Temples built in the early kingdoms periods have distinctive styles from various cultural influences, including the Lan Na and Burmese temples of Chiang Mai and the Hindu temples of the Angkorian Empire. Aside from historical temples however, there are numerous contemporary temples throughout Thailand that are functioning places of worship and are equally beautiful.

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Built in 1491, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the only temple located inside the compound of the Grand Palace, without resident monks—which is the original idea when King Chakri built the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, a n...

Wat Ratchaburana (Ayutthaya)

Wat Ratchaburana was built upon a sad story of brothers fighting against each other. It was built by the order of King Borom Rachathirat II (Chao Sam Phraya) on the ground site where his two brothers, Chao Ai Phraya and ...

Wat Phra Mahathat

Located in front of the Grand Palace, this ancient temple was built in the reign of King Borom Rachathirat I to enshrine the holy relics of Lord Buddha. One highlight here is a small ordination hall where a head of a bud...

Wat Phra Ram

According to the history, the temple was built in 1369 in the reign of King Ramesuan. The temple was ldamaged and left abandoned after the collapse of Ayutthaya. Its main feature is a well-proportioned prang (Khmer-influ...

Wat Phu Khao Thong

Built during the reign of King Ramesuan in 1387, Phu Khao Thong chedi is situated about two kilometers northwest of the city island. When Burengnong, the Burmese king, conquered Ayutthaya in 1569, he contributed three ou...