Bangkok, the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, is otherwise known as Krung Thep or the City of Angels. The heart of Bangkok is in the so-called Ko Rattanakosin area where this ancient city was first constructed. Much of its historical and cultural heritage was accumulated in this area, and subsequent generations have proudly applied their inherited knowledge for daily life and careers guide-lines through to present time. Bangkok is a mixture of West and East, the ancient and the modern. There are a lot of places to see in Bangkok. But the most famous attractions are in the Rattanakosin area
Wat PhoIt is generally known to the Thais, is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. At 20 acres large, it is the largest Wat in Bangkok, and is technically the oldest too, as it was built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand's capital.
Temple of DawnTemple of Dawn or it's called Wat Arun, nother landmark of Bangkok, is attractive in tis striking pagoda which is decorated with millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain. Temple of the Dawn is the most beautiful view. It can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset.
Wat ChanasongkhamKing Rama I appointed a Mon group of monks to look after this Ayutthaya period temple, so it became known in the Mon language as Wat Tong Pu. When Somdet Chao Phraya Maha Surasinghanat moved his troops back to Bangkok after victory in the battle of the Nine Armies, there was a ceremony of ritual bathing and changing of robes before he entered the Grand Palace, so the main temple was restored in 1787. After that, King Rama I gave it the name Wat Chanasongkhram.
Wat BawvonniwetWat Bowonniwet Vihara is a first class Royal Buddhist monastery of the Dhammayut tradition, located on the northeast side of Bangkok's Ratanakosin island, just inside the old city wall bordering Banglumpoo canal, on Pra Sumeru road. The monastery's name comes from the Pali language: Pavara+niwesa and translates as the Excellent Abode Monastery.
Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand PalaceIt is famous for its elegant buildings of beautiful architectural styles. Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand, houses Phra Kaeo Morakot, Thailand's most highly revered Buddha image. It opens daily at 8.30 am -3.30 pm.
Wat RatchabophitWat Ratchabophit's ordination hall is an example of the east-meet-west architectural style. The exterior is of the Thai white the interior is of the Western. The mother-of-pearl inlaid door leaves are very delicate.
Wat BenchamabophitIt is called "Marble Temple" highlights the beauty of white Carana Italian marble. It is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction. The temple's name literally means the Temple of the fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace.
Wat Suthat ThepwararamIt is a royal temple of the first grade. It was King Rama I's intention to make Bangkok as glorious as Ayutthaya had been, so built a temple as large as Wat Phanan Choeng in the Old Capital to install a large image of the Buddha named Phra Sri Sakyamuni which had been brought down from the grand Wihan of Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai.
The Golden Mount of Wat SaketIt is about 100 metres high, is another landmark of Bangkok. There are stairs leading to the top to enjoy a panoramic view of the old Bangkok.Wat Saket is an undistinguished temple except for the Golden Mount or Phu Khao Thong, on the west side of the grounds. The steep climb up the Golden Mount puts everything back in perspective and offers views over Rattanakosin Island that are simply stunning.
Wat TraimitIt features the largest 5.5 ton gold Buddha image in the world. And it is believed that the original Golden Buddha was disguised under the plaster covering to hide it from enemies during the Ayutthaya period.
Wat SuwannaramIt is murals reveal the most magnificent work of artists of King Rama 2's reign.It was restored again during the reign of King Rama III. It was formerly the site of Royal Cremation Ground for members of the Royal family and high-ranking officers, and was used for this purpose until the reign of King Rama V.