Posted by: kookkhu | August 1, 2010

Temples in Thailand

There are over 31,200 Buddhist temples spread around Thailand. In Thai we call them wat. They are grouped into two main groups: temples which are permitted to carry out religious functions, and those which are used only for living quarters for monks.

Temples are classified into two main categories: Royal Temples and Common Temples. The Royal Temples were either built by royalty or came under their sponsorship. In Thailand, there are about 200 Royal Temples though there are only six of the highest grade. These are:

Wat Phra Chetuphon, Bangkok
Wat Mahathat, Bangkok
Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Wat Arun, Bangkok
Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Nakhon Pathom Province
Wat Phra Buddhabat, Saraburi Province
We have visited many beautiful temples during our travels around Thailand. Below are some of the highlights:

Wat Khun Inthra Pramun, Ang Thong, Ang Thong Province
Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan, Chachoengsao, Chachoengsao Province
Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Pathom
Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan Province
Wat Phra Phuttabat, Saraburi

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