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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
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Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 November 2005

Okay, this must be said, I was in Bangkok for three days, and on all three I tried to visit the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo. On the third day it finally came to it, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world....More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 February 2016

Went to visit this temple but was accosted on route by someone we thought was a gateman who told us it was closed for half a day. He proceeded to tell us where else to visit one of which was a special export centre which...More

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All the detail that was put into this is truly incredible. The surrounding area are incredible. Definitely something to see and experience, especially when there are events on.

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Reviewed yesterday

Loved the emerald Buddha. Most Buddahs are gold, this was a beatiful emerald one. Such an interesting temple, lots to see.

Thank suenorfolk444
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Sitting atop a solid emarald buddha. Beautiful and exquisite. The architecture is worth mentioning and seeing. It's got a very royal touch. Must visit

Thank shrutis1989
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you visit the Grand Palace, you must see this Temple too. Gold leaf shimmering in the sunlight. Intricate pagoda rooflines. Fantasy-like architecture, nothing else like it!

Thank James S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

During our visit it was calm a soul healing experience. A beauty and peace filled experience. Take your time and hral your soul if you will be lucky enough and the temple will not be crowded.

Thank Brano2013
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I visited the temple as part of a guided tour and though I usually don't love guides it was well worth it here. Especially if you are a foreigner. There are just lots of questions that you might have about culture and religion. It was...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While on tour of Bangkok, our tour guide took us to see the Emerald Buddha made of jade standing 26” high. Hard too see & very crowded at this location. Go early.

Thank travelwithpam
Reviewed 3 days ago

This temple like so many in Thailand is interesting and has its own unique qualities. The emerald Buddha himself is rather small and seated very high in the temple. The whole complex is richly decorated and quite impressive.

Thank annedQ2434XX
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Palace, surrounding area and presentation is breath taking. You must wear long pants, women must cover your shoulders and it is hot but worth every minute. Seeing how the Kings lived (currently the Pricncess lives onsite) is to behold. The Emerald Budda is a...More

Thank GaDawg44
Reviewed 4 days ago

just viewing the architecture and the historical pictures on the walls was amazing. And for a building to be as old as it is and well maintained to look new was amazing.

Thank Stephanie F
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While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok,
it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn
the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and
most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to
this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off
their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most
spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to
Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around
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11 July 2018|
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Response from Kathryn F | Reviewed this property |
You can do both the Grand Palace grounds which also has the temple with the Emerald Buddha (most special) and Wat Pho which has the Reclining Buddha and the Thai Massage School. Both are close and beautiful. Crowds at the... More
21 March 2018|
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Response from AhuvafromTX | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the earlier you can go, the better. You want to avoid both the crowds and the heat. This location also closes early. They stop selling tickets at 3:30, I believe, and close at 4. You can't get a tuk tuk inside this... More
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Response from Rachel H | Reviewed this property |
It is a massive temple complex. To walk around the entire place and soak it in and appreciate, I’d say 2-3 hrs. (The Grand Palace is there as well, but there is nothing to go into; only walk past it) Get there for when it... More