10 Best Famous Buildings In Thailand - Updated 2021

famous buildings in thailand

A southeast Asian country that tops the charts for being the top tourist destination, Thailand, is home to the decorated temples, tropical beaches, caves, and luxurious palaces. In the capital city Bangkok, the canal-side communities, iconic stupas, and the city’s skyscrapers will have you spoilt for choice for things to do here. And if you want to escape the urban life for a bit of the island, there are plenty that will cater to your needs. Islands such as Pattaya, Koh Samui, Koh Lipe, Hoh Tau, and so many more will be your quick fix to the much-needed island life. The moment you land in the country and till take off to your home country, you will be welcomed by the friendliest people that you would love to meet. And, this can be the reason why Thailand is called the ‘land of smiles’. For architectural buffs, Thailand has got a lot to offer. Check out some of the best famous buildings in Thailand.

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1. Elephant Tower, Bangkok

Elephant tower
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Elephant Building, otherwise known as the Chang Building, located in Chatuchak district of northern Bangkok, is one of the most prominent and famous buildings in Thailand because of its architectural resemblance to the elephant. With 32 floors in the building, the Elephant Tower completed its construction in 1997. Ranked in the top 5 among 20 world’s most iconic skyscrapers, the Elephant Tower is a national landmark with three towers that make up for the shape of an elephant. You can even see the tusk and eye-detailing when you stand on the edge of the building’s right side.

Elephant Tower

Address: Khwaeng Chom Phon, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

2. Baiyoke Tower II, Bangkok

The Baiyoke Tower II in Bangkok, Thailand
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Want to observe the beauty of Bangkok through the eagle’s eye view? Head to Baiyoke Tower II on your next vacation. An unmissable attraction in Bangkok’s Pratunam area, Baiyoke Tower II is an 84-story building that is considered as one of the world’s tallest building. In the tower, there is a skywalk situated on the 77th level and features large windows from where you can enjoy the striking views of the city. Standing tall at 343 meters (1,126 feet), the tower houses a hotel that was established in 1998, as well as a shopping complex. Along with this, the area that the tower is located, is also popular for Pratunam market, where you can shop for multiple items.

Baiyoke Tower II

Address: Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

3. Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok (from USD 51.0)

There was once a time, in the 18th century, when the architecture all around the world was inspired by the European style. But, one monument that stood out and was made an exception is Thailand’s Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Back in the day, this independent kingdom called Siam mixed foreign and traditional elements to create something beautiful and unique. The Buddhist temple, the Wat Phra Kaew, is nestled in the heart of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, within the Royal Palace grounds. The attraction comprises several structures inside the compound wall.

Bangkok Temple Emerald Buddha Entrance Ticket With Hotel Transfer

Duration: 3 hours

4. White Temple, Chiang Rai

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Wat Rong Khun, also famously renowned as the White Temple, is a unique landmark and a striking one in the country. Situated in Chiang Rai, the temple, among many other notable things, is famous for stunning white, fairy-tale-like structure that has innumerable sculptures and gates. The building features the golden building, the cycle of rebirth bridge, a meditation hall, ubosot (ordination hall), and a gateway to heaven.

White Temple

Address: 60 หมู่ที่ 1 Phahonyothin Rd, Pa O Don Chai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Website: White Temple

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 5:30pm

5. Lebua State Tower, Bangkok

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Situated in Bangkok’s business district, Lebua State Tower has grown its popularity since its role in the film The Hangover II, where the film cast shot a scene at the tower’s restaurant and sky bar. Standing tall at 247 meters (810 feet), the building comprises 68 floors and a golden dome, which can be seen from afar. The building features office spaces, hotels and residences.

Lebua State Tower

Address: State Tower Bangkok, 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Website: Lebua State Tower

6. The Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya (from USD 12.0)

A popular attraction in Pattaya, The Sanctuary of Truth is a 344-ft (104 m) tall one-of-a-kind structure, which is made completely out of teakwood. The renowned monument is an ode to Thai craftsmanship, featuring intricate details of interesting scenes, elephants, people, and characters from mythological stories. The architecture of the museum is inspired by elements of Hinduism and Buddhism. In the four corners of the building, it features multiple figurines from the legends and beliefs inspired by Chinese, Cambodian, Indian, and Thai.

The Sanctuary of Truth

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7. Robot Building, Bangkok

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The Robot Building, otherwise known as the Bank of Asia, was established in 1987 features a striking design to the structure, which is known to reflect how the banking industry has been influenced heavily by computer technology. The building is named as such as it represents the outlook of a robot, with eyes and antennas. It is also known for housing the United Overseas Bank headquarters.

Robot Building

Address: Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand

Website: Robot Building

8. Wat Chedi Liam, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Liam
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A Buddhist temple, Wat Chedi Liam is nestled in Wiang Kum Kam that was founded in 1288. The town where the structure is located is ancient and fortified that was built by the king of the Lanna Empire, King Mengrai. In 1296, Wiang Kum Kam was the capital of Lanna Kingdom, until Chiang Mai was found. The temple, roughly translated as the temple of the square chedi, is an active temple that still houses monks. Also renowned as Wat Ku Kham Luang, the structure comprises an ubosot, Mon Dvaravati chedi, and a viharn.

Wat Chedi Liam

Address: 220 Kaeonawarat Rd, Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

Website: Wat Chedi Liam

9. King Power Mahanakhon, Bangkok (from USD 35.97)

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Another prominent skyscraper and a famous building in the country, King Mahanakhon has hotels, retail outlets, homes, and an observatory deck. Situated in Bangkok’s heart of Silom business district, this structure is next to the Bus Rapid Transport System and Bangkok Skytrain. The irregularly shaped building is made so in a way where it takes complete advantage of the striking city views and tropical climate.

King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk Discounted Admission Ticket

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10. Jim Thompson House Museum, Bangkok (from USD 24.0)

One of the most renowned attractions in Thailand, Jim Thompson House is a museum situated amidst green scenery, in the center of Sia, between MBK Center and Siam Paragon. This museum is a group of stunning houses made of teak, in traditional Thai architecture. These houses feature artifacts and other elements that showcase the lifestyle of that period.

Jim Thompson House Museum Entrance Ticket & Hotel Pick up

Duration: 2 hours

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Check out the striking buildings of Thailand

Along with exploring the top-notch landmarks in the country, do make sure to visit these spectacular buildings in the country. You will not regret it. Both architecture and non-architecture buffs will be in awe of these man-made wonders.

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Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, India, Aarti is a full-time freelance writer by profession. She is a lover of everything the ‘blue dot’ offers—world cultures, off-the-beaten tracks,...Read more

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