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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredibly crowded and expensive. Cannot take any photos inside. After returning from Myanmar, this was not worth the trouble and protocol to get in. With so much money collected from the tourists, the state of the lavatory facilities was appalling, spartan and very basic. Considering...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MilesAway123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited temple of Emerald Buddha as a part of 4 hours tour to Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. It is definitely a must do activity in Bangkok and although you can visit them on your won, going there as a pat of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kate T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the main attraction in Bangkok. Grand palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam. Grand Palace is still used for official functions. Several royal ceremonies and functions are held in the palace every year. It will be always crowded due...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank davidkoff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a must see place while in Bangkok. The crowds can be overwhelming but you’ll have to understand that’s a National Treasure for the country.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 4nay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take some time to arrive early and be well prepared to enter this sacred temple where the Emerald Buddha resides on the same ground as the ceremonial Grand Palace. The crowd can be overwhelming when bus loads of tourists begin arriving mid to late morning....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since this place is next to the king's palace, it has its own beauty. Its a huge area to walk. Of course every step offers something unique to watch. The highlight is of course the Buddha made carved out of emerald. It is amazing to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank namrata_1977
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charming place, with so much things to see. Walk around complex, Emerald Buddha is famous and beautiful, but it's not only thing that you need to see here.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ivana K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is truly a wonderful place. One should really be aware that these places are living sacred spaces and should be respected as such.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gmc_pinas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is truly the crown jewel of not only the royal palace, but Bangkok. It is just stunning piece of art and a great place of worship. It is worth spending some quality time to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the visual delight and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ramachandranrv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult to take in the sheer opulence and splendour of this amazing Temple, well worth a visit during any trip to Bangkok.

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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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
Howard S
20 March 2018|
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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