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Top 5 Temples to Visit in Thailand

Top 5 Temples to Visit in Thailand
Thailand is a beautiful country with plenty of amazing sights to see including stunning natural landmarks and vibrant marketplaces. But no visit to Thailand is complete without seeing some breathtaking temples. Here are the top 5 must-see temples in Thailand.

Wat Arun
Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun boasts an impressive 230ft (70m) spire and is one of Bangkok's most famous landmarks. The Wat Arun consists of a grand pagoda in the centre, surrounded by four smaller pagodas made from cement and covered in millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain.

Wat Phu Khao Thong
Built in 1387, the Wat Phu Khao Thong, or Golden Mountain Temple, collapsed due to a lack of maintenance for over 200 years but has now been restored. Atop the structure sits a golden ball weighing 2.5Kg that was placed there in celebration of the Buddhist religion's 25th century of existence. Visitors are able to climb the Mon-Burmese style base up until the foot of the chedi. From this vantage point you are able to see the surrounding rice fields and the town of Ayutthaya.

Wat Rong Khun
Unlike most Thai temples, the Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) is a true work of art by Thai painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. Located in Chiang Rai, the whole temple structure is covered in a mosaic of white mirrored tiles, and the architecture is filled with riddles, teachings and Buddhist philosophy. 

Wat Phra Kaew
Located inside the Grand Palace complex, this temple is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is regarded as Thailand's most important temple. The Wat Phra Kaew houses the Emerald Buddha, a highly valued statue of Buddha in meditation that is carved from a singular block of jade.

Wat Pho
Sitting beside the Grand Palace in central Bangkok, the Wat Pho is one of the city's longest standing temples and also one of the largest temple complexes in the city. This temple is popularly known for its giant reclining Buddha statue that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf.

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