Built during the reign of King Rama I, Wat Mahathat is an important temple dedicated to the Mahanikai Buddhism which acts as a learning centre (Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University) for followers in the region. A very large temple, Wat Mahathat looks very much like a school inside but also houses well-kept gardens and a variety of Buddha images in its main courtyard. Wat Mahathat’s biggest draw is probably the fact that it offers meditation classes in English. The meditation center is situated in the centre of temple grounds. If you are very interested in meditation and have plenty of time on your hands, Wat Mahathat is a place you must visit. If you have only a limited amount of time, visits to other sites are probably likely to higher priorities.
Details: The temple is open from 09:00 to 17:00 daily and admission is free.
How to get there: Located near Thammasat University on Na Phrathat Road and one of the quickest ways to get there is by boat stopping at Tha Maharat pier. If you want to go to the temple by taxi the fare will be 80-90 Baht from central Bangkok depending on traffic.
The following buses will get you there:
Bus number: 53, 59, 70, 80, 201, 203.
Air-conditioned bus number: 8
3 Maharat Road
Tel: 0-2221-5999, 0-2222-8004; Tel: (Meditation Centre) 0-2623- 6326
Open: Daily from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: Free Tel: 0-2222-6011, 0-2222-8004; Meditation Centre Tel: 0-2623- 6326