The highlights of any visit to Bangkok are trips to the temple of the king which is the Jewel in The Crown" of Bangkok and represent the finest flowering of Rattanakosin art and culture. Begun by King Rama I, the temple of the king has been extensively modified and remodeled during subsequent reigns and is thus a storehouse of Thai architectural and decorative style over the last two hundred years.
All the 7 highlight famous royal temples are considered as the representative of 8 Kings in Bangkok period, you can visit just only in a day with us, the Temples of the King, special tour program that no one arrange this trip, but we do! The Golden Chance is coming close to let you to join with the great memorable, How the beauty to their architecture is a delight to the eye, how the real beauty lies deeper; it can best be appreciated by understanding the venerable tradition created them. The name list of Royal temples is as following:
Temple of King Rama I: Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, was built in the 16 century during the Ayuthaya period and then almost completely rebuilt in 1781 by king Rama I. It features the largest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and was the earliest center for public education.
Temple of King Rama II: Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), is named after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. King Taksin chose this 17th century Wat for his royal temple and palace, as it was the first place in Thonburi. King Rama II and Rama III reconstructed and enlarged it to its present height of 104 meters. Wat Arun has long, elongated, Khmer-style, Prang, the tower. And four minor towers symbolizing Mount Meru, the terrestrial representation of the thirty- three heavens. The Prang are covered with pieces of porcelain, which Chinese boats coming to Bangkok used as ballast.
Temple of King Rama III: Wat Ratcha Orasa, King Rama III, before coming to the throne built out the ruins of Wat Jom Thong, the Monastery of the Royal son. It is the special unique temple in Bangkok period, the strongly influence Chinese architecture style.
Temple of King Rama IV: Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram, it was constructed during the reign of King Rama IV who wanted to make it a Thammayut sect temple pursuant of the customary practice that in the capital city of the Kingdom. The most outstanding characteristic of the temple is the mural paintings in the main abbey depicting the Royal ceremonies undertaken throughout the 12 months including the legend of the eclipse of the sun phenomenon, which occurred during the reign of King Rama IV.
Temple of King Rama V and King Rama VII: Wat Ratchabophit, King Rama V built the unusual Wat Ratchabophit, with very elaborate decoration, around 1870. The mother of pearl doors and windows of the Bot are especially refined, and the hand painted tiles clearly show European influence, during King Rama VII the temple also was a big renovated by the high skillfully and artistic craftsmen due to this reason the temple is considered as the temple of King Rama VII as well.
Temple of King Rama VI: Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, 127 meters tall and the most venerated Buddhist Monument in Thailand. The original Chedi was built by the Mons in the 10th century and successive renovations have placed a bigger Chedi on top. All sorts of interesting items surround the Chedi, including Buddhas in every sort of pose, holy trees, replica Chedis, museums and ceremonial halls. The ashes of King Rama VI, who completed the present day restoration, are buried there.
Temple of King Rama VIII: Wat Suthat, it is featured as Bangkoks tallest Viharn and houses a 14-century Buddha start from the Sukhothai period, surrounded by rather surreal depictions of the Buddhas last 24 lives. The courtyard is filled with odd statues of scholars and sailors, brought as ballast in rice boats returning from China, while King Rama II has carved the doors of the Wat. In an annual ceremony to celebrate the rice harvest that was still observed just before World War II, men used to ride on the Giant Swing and try to grab a bag of silver coins attached to a pole; only the teak arch remains.