We always see photos of the same Thai temples on Instagram, although there are more than 40,000 temples in Thailand. And while we’ve seen more than the average tourist, we still love finding amazing and rare temples.
Religion to some, excursion to others; there are several temples located in Thailand which are yet to be explored and not many foreigners know about them. As residents of Thailand, we would like to get you acquainted with some of the rarely seen religious and architectural beauties that the world has yet to explore. So let’s begin the list of 13 unusual Thai temples you should visit when you come to Thailand next time!
1) Wat Mahathat Worawihan (Phetchaburi town, Thailand)
Situated in the center of Phetchaburi town, which is around 2 hours’ drive from Bangkok, Wat Mahathat Worawihan is a Royal temple. Most eye-catching are the five white prangs towering above the area, that are visible from much of Phetchaburi town. The temple is also known for its extensive fine stucco work. Not many people are found in the temple and you can have a peaceful time. It has many different zones and you can experiment with pictures as this temple is extremely photogenic You can have a look for more Instagram friendly temples in Thailand in our blog post!
🏠Address: 3/1 Thanon Pho Karong, Khlong Kra Saeng, Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi 76000
2) Wat Asokaram Temple (Samut Prakan, Thailand)
One of the hidden beauties from the childhood town of Aon, Wat Asokaram Temple connects humans with nature. Many species of birds, some nesting, inhabit the trees onshore and on the tidal flats. There are many smiley old ladies around who are very friendly. A few couples with cameras and many wise monks are found often. You can also see special family events taking place right in front of you.
🏠Address: 136 Moo 2 Thai Ban, Mueang Samut Prakan District, Samut Prakan 10280
3) Wat Phu Khao Thong (Ayutthaya, Thailand)
With one of the most interesting stories, Wat Phu Khao Thong is another one of the unseen temples of Thailand. The Burmese King started building the chedi in the 15th century to commemorate his victory over Ayutthaya which was later changed into “Thai style”. Painted in white, the temple is a visual treat for all the Instagrammers. It means “golden mountain temple” and has about 90 steps to reach the top.
🏠Address: Moo 2 153 Phu Khao Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, 13000
4) Wat Ratchaburana (Ayutthaya, Thailand)
Wat Ratchaburana is located central in Ayutthaya and it is not as popular as its neighbor (Wat Mahathat). The interesting detail about the ruins of the temple is the doorways in which a stupa is framed. If you are looking for a cool Instagram shot, these will probably be the best ways to take a picture. Ayutthaya has over 2000 temples but we visited only five of them due to lack of time.
🏠Address: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
5) Wat Mahathat (Ayutthaya, Thailand)
Ayutthaya is home to temples and statues of Buddha which are mostly headless as the heads had been lopped off by looters. The Buddha Head at Wat Mahathat luckily survived and became one of the most iconic symbols of Thailand. No one knows how the Buddha’s head ended in the roots of the banyan tree and thus, the temple is an example of a miracle today. Read our blog article about this incredible Buddha head in Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya!
🏠Address: Naresuan Rd, Tha Wasukri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
6) Wat Phra Pathommachedi Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan (Nakhon Pathom, Thailand)
Quite a long name, right? What if we tell you that the temple has the tallest chedi as well? Phra Pathomma Chedi, with a height of 120.45 meters, is the tallest chedi in the entire Kingdom and the second largest in the world. It is also known as the first pagoda in Thailand. There are a range of structures to visit and stories to hear. You need to look for directions inside to not get lost. Make sure to see the ancient cave with the thousand-year-old Buddha statue inside.
🏠Address: 27 Tesa Rd, Phra Prathom Chedi Sub-district, Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Pathom 73000
7) Wat Chulapornwararam Temple (Nakhon Nayok, Thailand)
Most of the temples here are known for their architecture, design or location. But Wat Chulapornwararam is known for the natural habitat that leads to the temple. The stunning and unique bamboo walkway is leading to the unfinished temple. A bamboo grove is a simple place with not many things around. It is worth to stop by if you travel to the Nakhon Nayok province. By the way, this photo was in our TOP- 20 Most Liked Pictures on Instagram.
🏠Address: Ban Phrik, Ban Na District, Nakhon Nayok 26110
8) Wat Khao Durian (NAKHON NAYOK, THAILAND)
Pink is an eye-pleasing color and you realize this when you visit the pink temple of Wat Khao Durian. The stair up is decorated with King of Nagas Statues. Inside the pink chapel are various Buddha statues and nice mural about the history of Buddha. As soon as we reached here, we immediately labeled this temple as a dream spot for every Instagrammer.
🏠Address: Khao Phra, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok 26000
9) Wat Yansanwararam (Pattaya, Thailand)
Wat Yansanwararam is a temple where you can enjoy the tranquility and let go of all your blues. The whole area is huge and has gardens, a large lake with lotus flowers and buildings in different architectural styles. The main temple building of Wat Yansangwararam is known for its modern design and is built in a very different style than most Thai temples. As soon as we saw the chedi at Wat Yan, we realized how lucky we are to make such a mistake of visiting the not-so-famous temple.
🏠Address: Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150
10) Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan) (Pattaya, Thailand)
An amazing 130 meters high Buddha image was carved out of the rock using laser technology and inlaid with gold leaf. Buddha Mountain is one of the biggest Buddha images in the world and it can be seen from miles away. The visuals of the surroundings are a bonus for all the Instagrammers and there are many local shops around where you can shop souvenirs.
🏠Address: Soi Khao Chi Chan, Na Chom Thian, Sattahip District, Chon Buri 20250
11) Wat Samphran (Nakhon Pathom, Thailand)
When thinking about the blue temples of Thailand, the names that come to your mind are those of Chiang Rai and Chaing Mai. But there is another temple in Thailand that has vivid blue coloring which is similar to Wat Rong Seur Ten. The exterior of the temple has a dragon entwined on the building complex whereas, the interior is a peaceful and beautiful one.
🏠Address: Moo 7 92/8 Sam Phran, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom 73110
12) The Big Buddha (Phuket, Thailand)
The Big Buddha is a statue seated Maravija Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand. The official name is “Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri” which is shortened to be called “Ming Mongkol Buddha”. It is 45 meters (148 feet) tall and 25.45 meters (83.5 feet) wide. It is made of concrete and covered with Burmese white marble and is considered as “Buddhist Treasure of Phuket”.
🏠Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
13) Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan (Suphanburi, Thailand)
Many sources write that temple Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan is over 1200 years old! Besides age, his other characteristic is the seated Buddha. The fact is that in most temples Buddha sits in the lotus position, but in Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan he is depicted sitting on a chair. But what impressed us the mots is the new building (second pic). The architecture of the temple is very original. We jokingly nicknamed this building “the temple of caramel popcorn” because of its unusual yellow color. You can read more about this beautiful temple Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan and see more photos in one of our last blog posts!
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Fq3yxkoiBgqMAxGfA
🏠 Address: 321 Malaiman Rd, Rua Yai, Mueang Suphan Buri District, Suphan Buri 72000
🇷🇺 Мы всегда видим фото одних и тех же тайских храмов в Инстаграме, хотя в Таиланде их более 40 тысяч. И хотя мы видели больше, чем обычный турист, нам все еще нравится находить новые удивительные места.
Мы подготовили примеры нескольких менее известных храмов, которые, по нашему мнению, заслуживают гораздо большего внимания! Какой из редких храмов вы хотели бы посетить больше всего?