It should come as no surprise that Thailand is a country of temples, given the significant role that Buddhism plays in its culture.
Peering out into the rolling hills that make up much of Thailand’s landscape, it’s easy to see why it’s a country of temples. From the majestic temples poking out from behind stands of trees in rural areas to those found along the congested city streets of Bangkok, visitors don’t have to travel far to find one.
According to the Office of National Buddhism, there are more than 33,000 temples used by monks scattered across the country, which should come as no surprise considering that 95 percent of the population practices Buddhism, a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of Buddha. And you needn’t be a practicing Buddhist to appreciate the architectural significance of each iconic temple, from Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple thanks to its all-white façade, to the dozens of other lesser-known but equally impressive temples where visitors can find solitude and peacefulness.
Here are six iconic temples worth the trek.