Wat Suthat Thepphaararam Temple
Commonly known as Wat Suthat, this is one of the top Buddhist temples to see in Bangkok. The temple is easily recognized by what’s referred to as the giant red swing at its entrance. The famous swing dates back to 1784, but didn’t quite stand the test of time. A new swing now greets visitors as they arrive, made entirely with golden teak in 2004.
The temple dates back to the reign of King Rama I in 1807, the building in part related to the 27th anniversary of Bangkok’s founding by the King. Coinciding was the need to house a 13th Century bronze Buddha image. The bronze Buddha image originates from Sukhotai, with the image transported to the temple via Thailand’s waterways. The ornate facility was completed during King Rama III’s leadership during the years of 1824 and 1851.
Two centuries later, the temple is standing strong. As a sacred Buddhist site, it’s also a center for study and passing on Buddhist traditions. Today, parts of the temple are newly renovated while other parts of the building, along with cultural artifacts, are being preserved and conserved for the future.
Visiting Wat Suthat Thepphaararam
The temple covers an incredible 45,000 sq meters. Once you arrive you’ll witness architectural, sculptural, and visual highlights unique to Thai Buddhism and philosophy.
The location is easy to find within the “old city” area of Bangkok, just across from Bangkok City Hall. Other nearby attractions include the National Museum, Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho), War Arun, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and the Grand Royal Palace.
Do wear respectful clothing on your visit and be sure adhere to any instructions.
Getting to Wat Suthat
Navigating Bangkok is always a bit interesting. One helpful tip is to have your hotel write the name and location in Thai on a business card. Likewise, it’s always keen to keep a business card from your hotel on you, with address in both English and Thai. Additionally, a smartphone device with google maps always comes in handy when locating attractions in a foreign city.
On the subject of smartphones, Uber is likewise a good way to hop around.
Wat Suthat is open daily from 8:30am to 9:00pm, located at:
146 Bamrungmuang Road
Note: Located opposite Bangkok City Hall