Wat Suthat
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Built in the early 19th century to house the large 25-foot-tall Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha statue, this temple features the huge red frame of a giant swing once used in annual ceremonies to celebrate and thank Shiva.
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  • TaherAlbaghliJulian
    Kuwait City, Kuwait1,976 contributions
    Old Temple
    It is a beautiful and old temple, built in 19th century .We visited Wat Suthat in my visit to Bangkok 31 August to 7 September 2023.Absolutely this place are fantastic and show the art, culture and Heritage of Thai people. I enjoyed walk around and see many statutes .Also, the people very kind and friendly.Note: This is a place of worship, but it is open to tourists. I ask those who want to take some pictures of some statues to respect the place of worship and take off their shoes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
  • NevilleS
    Aldinga Beach, Australia6 contributions
    Fantastic experience
    Last time I was here renovation work was underway on main temple. Whole wat now beautifully presented and had good fortune to visit where there was a special festival happening. Performances and artisans’ stalls showing exquisite work in wood, metal, cloth etc. Both temples are stunning Buddhas and painting on walls. Continue to be amazed at the level of detail in these places. Truly stunning!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2023
  • CSK
    Singapore, Singapore114 contributions
    Temple famous for Medicine Buddha (Phra Kring) amulet!
    I went on 15 May 2022 (Vesak / Bucha Day). Temple have more people went for prayers. A very big temple and have many high steps. Entrance have a counter that ask for 100 bahts for "tourists" (give u an Eng brochure and a drink). The drink cost less than 100 bahts. 1 star down for this point. Wat Suthat is very famous for the Medicine Buddha (Phra Kring) amulet!
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 17, 2022
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LoganSusnick
Ljubljana, Slovenia126 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
While for me Wat Arun is the most impressive, I have to pick Wat Suthat as my favorite out of all the temples I've seen in Bangkok. I guess I tend to like the first class royal temples :) At first, Wat Suthat looks simple but there are many statues to look at. The best thing about it is the amazing energy! The main space is so peaceful and the Buddha is so beautiful and impressively big that I wanted to sit there forever, enjoy the fan breeze, fall into deep meditation or even fall asleep. It was just so relaxing after all that walking in the sun! Started by Rama I, there is a Giant Swing in front of it, some doors were carved by Rama II and it was finished by Rama III. There are 28 pagodas representing all the Buddhas that we know of (FYI: Buddhahood is something that is achieved, like nirvana, we are not talking about reincarnations here).

I highly recommend this temple. At a price of 20 baht, it shouldn't be missed. TIPS: you can leave your shoes in the numbered boxes on the higher level or at those steps. Don't leave them in front of the first stairs because you'll burn your feet if it's sunny. There should be more shade on the left side. Also, the bathroom required "shoes off" and we weren't willing to do that. We held out to Wat Saket.
Written July 19, 2014
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Sunset Bridge
Makati, Philippines152 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This temple is not as crowded as the others, yet it is elegant. The murals on the wall add much to the beauty of the temple. The grounds are also surrounded by Buddha images. There are 2 chapels here, please see both. As required of temple visits, you need to wear a shirt with sleeves and pants/skirt past the knees. Since you will remove your shoes, it is better to wear socks.
Written May 26, 2018
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Jey2110
Bangkok, Thailand11 contributions
Nov 2016
Wat Suthat is one of the very old and important temples in Bangkok. The wall painting, architecture and buddha styles are unique here. If you like history and temple, this is one of the must-go temples in Bangkok. Another thing that I love about going to this temple is that I always feel peaceful when walking inside the temple.
Written October 3, 2017
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idrovoviva
Quito525 contributions
Apr 2017
Sometimes is simply been overlooked because its located right at the back of the commercial area and giant malls along Ratchabophit Rd. Its beautiful architecture built on angular marble pillars support astonishing and colorful roofs. In front of the Temple you will find the Giant Swing that used to be a religious ritual during Brahmin ceremony...truly a must see!
Written May 23, 2017
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stewartsturges
Doi Saket, Thailand116 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
Well worth the visit next time you get to Bangkok, a lovely old complex used to Buddhist services and training of monks. Very friendly monks, happy to take the time to explain, as best they can, in the significance of the various icons and happy to let you stay as long as you like to contemplate and pray. Be aware though, that it is a working temple and subject to being closed at times for significant and important ceremonies. But in saying that, it is a extremely pleasant way to get out of the hustle of Bangkok for a while and unwind..
Written May 21, 2013
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R0hanL
Amman Governorate, Jordan712 contributions
Oct 2012 • Solo
This is the place to get your fix of Buddha images for sure. Surrounding the main wihaan (sanctuary containing the important Buddha image) are dozens of Buddhas and the Buddha in the wihaan is amazing in its own right. Even though the light is not great inside the wihaan, the murals on the walls (known as jataka) are incredible and are reputably some of the most beautiful in Thailand. There are also three other attractions close by that are well worth visiting as well. They are: 1. Sao Chin-cha (or the giant swing) - a Bhraman swing right outside Wat Suthat; 2. across the road from the swing heading towards the very non-descript Bangkok City Hall, is a marble inscription of the name of bangkok in Thai (good luck tryiong to get it into one photo frame); and, 3. to the right of Wat Suthat as you head out towards the swing is Th. Bamrang Muang which has dozens of shops dedicated to selling Buddhist items such as incense, fans, icons and massive statues. It is a very interesting little area indeed and well worth a look!
Written October 22, 2012
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highfever88
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,208 contributions
Jul 2011
The first thing that you will notice as you are approaching Wat Suthat, is the red Giant Swing just in front of the temple. Wat Suthat is nearby Grand Palace / Wat Pho, just a short cab drive away, about THB60. There is no entrance fee. Not touristy, quiet with some local Thais offering prayers here. The Buddha statue at the main hall is huge, with some very interesting wall paintings alll around the hall.

After the entrance, make sure you have a look to the left and right, as there are dozens of Buddha statues against the wall. They make very nice photos.

There are some tuk-tuks waiting outside the temple. Be sure you negotiate hard and always refuse when they offer to send you to some attractions before sending you to your desired destination, it will most probably be a gem / jewelry shop. Cabs are quite easy to hail, and they use meter too.
Written July 22, 2011
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Topologist
Bangkok, Thailand111 contributions
Feb 2011
I've visit Wat Suthat for several time and it's always one of my favorites. My last visit was in Feb. Sit opposite the Bangkok Metropolitan Headquarter and hugged by busy roads, Stepping into the temple's ground, paved entirely with marbles, it's like you're leaving the chaotic world behind while walking toward the central traditional Thai building that houses the giant Buddha image. Unlike The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho, Wat Suthat is less swarmed by tourists so you have take your time enjoy the tranquility of the Buddhist temple.

Also in front of Wat Suthat is the Giant Swing, which was used in the ancient Brahmism ceremony.
Written April 25, 2011
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,218 contributions
Apr 2023
I visited Wat Suthat the last day of Songkran, actually that afternoon, and there were the remnants of the lovely traditional temple fair they had put on - very suitable, proper, and fun. The inner complex requires an entrance fee - from foreigners, not from non-Buddhists, which is legally fine but a bit of an issue if considered from the faith perspective. A very good, self-contained, vibrant yet peaceful place to go.
Written May 7, 2023
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Opas J
Bangkok, Thailand38 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
I went there for praying with unexpected that the temple is very beautiful and large landscape.

Very impressed and recommended!
Written November 4, 2020
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