The Most Bizarre Temples You'll Find in Thailand

The Beer Bottle Temple
The Beer Bottle Temple | © Mark Fischer/Flickr
Iona Proebst

If you think that if you’ve seen one Thai temple then you’ve seen them all, think again! Amongst Thailand’s thousands of Buddhist temples, there is also a selection of rather bizarre ones, read on to find out more.

The Boat Temple

Part of Wat Yannawa in Bangkok is designed to look like a boat. Its location is on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is a hot spot for locals during the annual Loy Krathong Festival. Pop by to check out this architectural inspiring wonder right in the centre of Bangkok.

Wat Yannawa, 40 Charoen Krung Road, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Boat Temple

Well off the main tourist trail this is a particularly bizarre (or ingenious) temple waiting to be discovered. Wat Hua Lamphong, or The Coffin Temple, is frequented by locals who come to make merit and at the same time donate money for coffins, yes you read that right. This community-led initiative is set up to help buy coffins for people who have died whose relatives do not have the funds to buy one for them.

Wat Hua Lamphong, Wat Kaeo, Bang Phae District, Ratchaburi, Thailand.

The Beer Bottle Temple

One of the most fascinating on our list is Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew, the ‘Beer Bottle Temple’, which from a distance looks like a traditional Thai temple. Zoom in and you’re in for a surprise as the temple is comprised of recycled beer and energy drink bottles. The main temple and surrounding buildings are constructed from over one million old bottles, Thai recycling at its best!

Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew, Si, Khun Han District, Si Sa Ket, Thailand.

Walls of the beer bottle temple

Monkey and Hell Temple

Wat Gai, or Chicken Temple, in Ayutthaya was named in memory of the chickens that once lived there but have since perished. Today, there are no chickens in sight and instead, there is a Hell Sculpture Garden and hundreds of monkeys. The depictions of hell are grotesque, to say the least, and you would be forgiven for thinking you had landed in a horror movie set or were having a bad nightmare. An ideal way to balance out this experience is by watching the friendly monkeys frolic and have fun feeding them fresh fruit.

Hell Sculpture Garden, Bang Saen Sai 2 Soi 19, Saen Suk, Chon Buri, Thailand.

The White Temple

Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, is located in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. While this temple is nothing short of stunning at a closer look it is also quirky and definitely bizarre. Created by the noteworthy artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, this temple juxtaposes both traditional Buddhist themes and modern influences, including murals of Mickey Mouse, Superman, Kung Fu Panda and Michael Jackson, which all add to the intrigue and surprise of this famous tourist attraction. Visitors will also get to see a Wolverine hand, aliens, peace signs, guns, and various cheeky and quirky innuendos.

Wat Rong Khun, Soi 8 – Soi 5, Pa Ko Dam, Mae Lao District, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

White Temple, Chiang Rai

David Beckham Temple

Thai’s are crazy about football and as it turns out, some monks are too! The head monk of this Bangkok temple is an avid Manchester United Fan and hence decided to include an image of David Beckham in the temple shrine. This temple is usually only open for special occasions but if you ask around someone will likely let you in.

Wat Pariwat, Bang Phong Phang, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, Thailand.

Donald Duck Temple

Just when you thought you’d heard it all, welcome to the Donald Duck Temple which is located right next door to the David Beckham temple. Wat Pariwat, as it is otherwise known, is a great place to explore and, of course, to visit Donald Duck.

Wat Pariwat, Bang Phong Phang, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, Thailand.

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