About Wat

A wat is a type of and in Cambodia, Laos, East Shan State, Yunnan and Thailand.

The word wat is borrowed from vāṭa meaning ‘enclosure’.

Chedi of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, built by King Naresuan the Great

Buddhist temples in Thailand – cultural & historical heritage

Buddhist in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage. In addition to the ecclesiastical leadership of the sangha, a secular government ministry supervises Buddhist temples and monks. According to the Office of National Buddhism, there are 41,205 Buddhist temples in Thailand of which 33,902 are active. 31,890 are .
Buddha statue in Borobudur (Indonesia), the world's largest Buddhist temple.

Different types of Buddhist architecture

Buddhist religious architecture developed in the Indian subcontinent. Three types of structures are associated with the religious architecture of early Buddhism: (viharas), places to venerate relics (), and shrines or prayer halls, which later came to be called in some places. The initial function of a was the veneration and safe-guarding of the relics of Gautama Buddha. The earliest archaeologically known example of a stupa is the relic stupa located in Vaishali, .

Top 50 Buddhist Temples in Thailand

The main in Thailand is . is practiced by more than 95% of the population in Thailand. There are around 30,000 in Thailand. Thailand is a country and the here play a very active part in everyday life. Thai’s come to them to pray to for things such as or , they also come to make merit and speak with the . The structures themselves have .