Anurak Thailand Tourism The tourist website about Thailand by Thaiways magazine, the most comprehensive guide to Thailand.
Contents : Hotels, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Krabi, Pattaya, Phang-nga, Phuket, Samui, Maps
 Cover story: 25 July
 Vol. 25 No.8

About the

By Ubasika

Upon a visit to Thailand, you will notice that in every community almost everywhere there are many golden spires and orange-green roofs of Buddhist temples. The temples, or "wats" in Thai, are of great interest to visitors because of their religious, artistic and cultural significance in Thai society. Gaining some general information on the temples will help make temple visits more meaningful. Most beautiful temples in Thailand are royal ones. So, Thaiways has gathered some data about royal temples to be introduced to you.

The majestic Wat Phra Kaeo
(the Temple of the Emerald Buddha)


Since ancient times, Thai kings have supported Buddhism and also built many temples. That's why this country has such a great number of them. They are classified into two categories which are royal temples and common temples.

Royal temples are built or renovated by a king or built by a member of royalty or the nobility and dedicated to the king, or even built by any well-to-do person who then requested to dedicate the temple to the king and it was accepted as such. They are divided into first, second and third class temples in a descending order of significance. The temples in each class are graded by a further ranking order which precisely identifies their position in the hierarchical system.

The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho

The following are the suffixes of the names of the three grades of the first class royal temples.

The four grades of second class royal temples have the following suffixes in their names:

The famous prang of Wat Arun
(the Temple of Dawn)
as is mostly appeared in
photographs of Thailand.

The third class royal temples consist of three grades but with only two suffixes, which are Ratchavoravihan and Voravihan. The third grade of this class has no suffix.

Wat Suthat

This ranking system for royal temples was initiated in 1913. There are only six temples in the highest grade of the first class royal temples. Four are in Bangkok: Wat Phra Chetuphon (popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Maha That, Wat Suthat and Wat Arun (also known as the Temple of Dawn). Two are in other provinces: Wat Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom province, and Wat Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi province.

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi

Two distinguished temples that are not classified into any group are Wat Phra Kaeo (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Phra Ram Kao Kanchanaphisek. The world-renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha only serves religious functions and has no residential quarters for monks while Wat Phra Ram Kao Kanchanaphisek is dedicated to the reigning King Rama IX.

At present (2008), there are a total of 35,271 temples in whole Thailand. Among these, 281 are royal temples.

Wat Phra Phutthabat

Mostly, the royal temples of the first grade were built in the early Rattanakosin period from King Rama I to Rama V (1782-1910). This is because the successive kings followed the objective of King Rama I who desired to create Bangkok to be as glorious with many majestic temples as the fallen Ayutthaya (1350-1767 A.D.). The royal temples of each reign are listed below.

Wat Phra Chetuphon - King Rama I
Wat Arun - King Rama II
Wat Ratcha-orot - King Rama III
Wat Ratchapradit - King Rama IV
Wat Benchamabophit - King Rama V
Wat Bowonniwet - King Rama VI
Wat Ratchabophit -King Rama VII
Wat Suthat - King Rama VIII

Wat Benchamabophit
(the Marble Temple)

In former times, a king erected a temple to propagate Buddhism or to commemorate some important event in his life, such as the commemoration of his birthplace or his victory. The practice of designating a temple to each king was initiated in the reign of King Rama IV who placed some of the ashes of Kings Rama I, II and III under the bases of the principal Buddha images of Wat Phra Chetuphon, Wat Arun and Wat Ratcha-orot respectively. This became a royal tradition by which when a king passed away, part of his ashes would be enshrined at a royal temple which had been erected by or related to him and thus entitled to be his temple.

However, officially, this tradition was abolished in the reign of King Rama VI who reckoned that Bangkok had enough royal temples and that one purpose of establishing a temple was to be an educational centre. Therefore, the king founded the Royal Page School* instead of building a temple and regarded it as the temple of his reign. However, after he passed away, the Thais considered Wat Bowonniwet as such instead.

*The Royal Page School is now named Vajiravudh College, which is a boarding school for boys.

Wat Bowonniwet

The setting of royal temples for King Rama VI, VII and VIII was for the arrangement of a merit-making ceremony for them during the Songkran Festival.

Regarding the royal temple of King Rama V, there is a common misunderstanding about it. To elaborate, King Rama V, right after his accession to the throne, founded Wat Ratchabophit as the royal temple of his reign. Later, around the end of his reign, he restored Wat Benchamabophit and had an order to place his ashes here. As a result, people hold that Wat Benchamabophit is the temple of his reign.

Wat Ratcha Pradit

King Rama VII followed the initiated concept of King Rama VI by not building a temple. Instead, he undertook the restoration of Wat Ratchabophit. So, after he passed away, some of his ashes were enshrined under the base of the principal Buddha image of Wat Ratchabophit and people regard it as the temple of his reign.

The royal temples are a proof of the great faith that the Thai kings had towards Buddhism which is an excellent model for the public to follow.

To visit the temples mentioned here, you are recommended to contact Bangkok Tourism Division on tel: 0 2225 7612 to 4 or contact a travel agency to arrange a trip for you. Please dress properly and take your shoes off before entering the worshipping halls.

For the correct pronunciation of romanized Thai words, see
Romanization System of the Thai Language.

One of Some Best Buys

Thaiways : Bangkok, Thailand / Ear & Hearing Aids Center
Ear and Hearing Aids Center
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Clinic
Operated by Manut Utoomprurkporn, M.D.
Board of Otolaryngology
, Hearing Specialist

Sukhumvit 22 Branch: Ear and Hearing Aids Center
20 Sukhumvit 22, Opposite Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok 10110
Tel. +66 (0) 2258 2348, 0 2259 2502   Mobile. +66 (0)8 9116 4060   Fax.+66 (0) 2663 4058

e-mail :  website :

Ekkamai Branch: Ear and Hearing Aids Center
2/29 1st Floor Bangkok Mediplex Building, Room 1-06, Opposite Starbucks,
Sukhumvit 42, Bangkok 10110.   Tel. +66 (0) 2712 1177, 0 2713 6231-2

Ideo Condo Lad Phrao 5 Branch
1st Floor, Ideo Condo, Lad Phrao 5, Bangkok
Tel. +66 (0) 2190 1172-3   Fax. +66 (0) 0 2190 1173

Bangwa - Bangpai Branch
145/4 - 6 Richy Tower (near Phet Kaserm 21), Phet Kaserm Road, Bangkok
Tel : 0 2869 1169, 09 5252 1512

Phuket Branch: Eartone Ear and Hearing Aids Center in Phuket International Hospital
44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road, Phuket 83000.   Tel. +66 (0) 7624 9400

We are the exclusive dealer for Phonak and Beltone.

CIC only 699 USD/ear per one ear for basic model
Our prices on average about 50% lower than abroad (some models).
Ready for use in 6 hrs.
Conventional In-the-canal Hearing Aid
Phonak's Savia
Head Office Location

Sukhumvit Rd.,Soi 22, Opposite Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok.

Map For taxi : คลินิก หู คอ จมูก และเครื่องช่วยฟัง สุขุมวิท 22 ตรงข้ามโรงแรมอิมพีเรียลควีนสปาร์ค


New Phonak Savia,
digital CIC
completely hide in the ear canal and absolutely invisible

Eartone is an ear and hearing aids center, which is a leading importer, manufacturer and distributor of hearing health care equipment especially hearing aids in Thailand. It has been established for about ten years.

One of our major customers, Sirinthorn Rehabilitation Center, ordered more than 5,000 sets of our hearing aids to donate to hearing loss people through about 70 hospitals all over the country.

Our main products include Custom-made Hearing Aids, Hearing Test and Swimming Mould. We are also well-experienced in providing Completely-hide-in-the-canal aids ( CIC ) for patients through hospitals and hearing aids centers. Besides we supply accessories and repairing services related to all types of hearing aids.

Each year we are able to produce more than thousand sets of custom made hearing aids (ITC, MINI CANAL, CIC) for hospitals and individuals.

Our Services
  • Hearing Test
  • Hearing Aid Fitting
  • Repairing Hearing Aids
    • Swimming Mould
    • Ear Mould
    • Batteries and Accessories
    Our Products

    Savia Remote Control

    Savia can be operated with three different remote controls – the WatchPilot2, the SoundPilot2, and the new miniature KeyPilot2. Discreet and convenient user control including binaural synchronization.

    Savia 11 CIC/MC
    CIC with battery size 10A
    Savia 11 CIC/MC RC
    CIC with battery size 10A and remote control
    Savia 22 ITC/HS
    Canal/half shell
    with battery size 312
    Savia 22 ITC/HS dSZ
    Canal/half shell
    with battery size 312 and digital SurroundZoom
    Savia 33 FS
    Full shell
    with battery size 13
    Savia 33 FS dSZ
    Full shell
    with battery size 13 and digital SurroundZoom
    microSavia 100 dSZ
    Micro BTE
    with battery size 312 and digital SurroundZoom
    Savia 111 dSZ
    Miniature BTE
    with battery size 13 and digital SurroundZoom
    Savia 211 dSZ
    Miniature BTE
    with battery size 13 and digital SurroundZoom
    Savia 311 dSZ Forte
    Power BTE
    with battery size 13 and digital SurroundZoom

    Beltone Products are developed using only the latest hearing technology and are designed to fit just about any lifestyle and hearing loss.

    Shell Styles
    The outer shell is the first of the two main parts of a hearing instrument and it makes up the overall look.

    Inner Circuitry
    The inner circuitry is the second of the two main parts of a hearing aid and it determines the type

    Custom Hearing Instruments , also available both analog and digital circuits.
    Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC)
    Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC) hearing instrument fits deeply into the ear canal and, most cases, is virtually invisible. It is appropriate for patients seeking an inconspicuous hearing instrument with the latest hearing instrument technology.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    Mini Canal (MC)
    Mini-Canal (MC) hearing instrument is one of the smallest custom-made instruments. It affords a pleasing cosmetic appearance with the advantage of volume control that is not available on the CIC.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    In-The-Canal (ITC)
    In-The-Canal (ITC) hearing instrument is a popular choice for those needing more amplification or power from a small hearing instrument.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    Half Shell
    Half Shell is slightly larger than the ITC. This hearing instrument is cosmetically pleasing and fits a wide variety of hearing losses and patient needs.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    Low Profile
    Low Profile is a streamlined version of the Full Shell. This cosmetically pleasing model fits a wide variety of hearing losses and patient needs.
    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    Full Shell
    Full Shell is our strongest In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing instrument. This model is cosmetically pleasing and fits a wide variety of hearing losses and patient needs.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )

    Home | Thailand | Bangkok | Chiangmai | Chiangrai | Huahin | Krabi | Pattaya | Phang Nga | Phuket | Samui
    Thailand map | Bangkok maps | BTS & MRT map | Chiangmai map | Chiangrai map | Huahin map | Pranburi map
    Pattaya map | Jomtien map | Phuket maps | Patong map | Samui maps
    Medical Services | Thai Spa | Thai Cultures | Thai Products | Dining in Thailand | Thai Foods | Thai Fruits | Thai Desserts
    About Thaiways | How to get Thaiways | Advertising rates | Contact Thaiways

    © Since 2002 Thaiways. All rights reserved.
    designed by












    first page | contents | about Thaiways | how to get Thaiways | advertising rates | contact Thaiways

    © since 2002 Thaiways. All rights reserved.
    All figures in the website are subject to change without notice.
    Thaiways Magazine not responsible for contents on external websites.