As Thailand is a Buddhist country, there are a great number of wats (temples) in the country, most of which are interesting for foreigners to visit. Listed below are some large and important temples in Bangkok that are recommended to be included in your itinerary.
However, when visiting a temple, please pay heed to the following: Disrespect towards Buddha images, temples or monks is an offence. Shorts or sleeveless shirts are considered improper dress for both men and women. Ladies must not on any account touch a Buddhist monk, give things direct to him or receive things direct from him. And take off your shoes before entering the main temple.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha located in the Grand Palace is an important Buddhist temple in Thailand which is famous for the highly revered Emeral Buddha image, the world's longest murals and numerous interesting sculptures such as fanciful mythical animals and fierce-looking giants standing guard at the gates.
Graceful and transquil as its main chapel is made of white carrara Italian marble, the Marble Temple is one of the most modern religious buildings that employs European ecclesiastical details. It houses a replica of Thailand's most beautiful Buddha image and exhibits 53 other famous image styles from all over Asia.
Wat Suthat is a good place to see the blend of Thai art and Chinese art. The main features include a 14th century large cast bronze presiding Buddha, the beautiful murals in the main building, and splendid carving door leaves. In front of the temple is the Giant Swing which was riden during Brahman ceremonies since the establishment of Bangkok until 1935.