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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 8 November 2011

An amazing compound of sinuous dragons, sweeping temples, gold, colors - my camera's memory card filled far too soon!

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Lea S
Reviewed 8 November 2011

Sitting gazing at the revered artefact was further made worth the visit by monks who arrived and were chanting, what a serene and calm feeling they invoked.

Date of experience: November 2011
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

I enjoyed walking around the ornate, rich, tranquil space and then to sit in front of the most revered artefact in Thailand was again majestic.

Date of experience: November 2011
Thank Asma A
Reviewed 7 November 2011

Unless you are an experienced Asian traveller nothing will prepare you for the scale, glitter, ornament, and genuinely astonishing delight of the place. Don't be tempted to miss it because it's difficult to get to. And once you've see it, every poor an grimy little...More

Date of experience: May 2011
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

We hired a private guide for the day to m make sure we got the most out of our visit. They know everything there is to know and when to go to avoid the crowds

Date of experience: December 2010
Thank alfielanger
Reviewed 6 November 2011

inside the grand palace, this is a must see attraction! Watch out for the giagantic gem's seasonal costume changes. Get a guide at the entrance to the Grand Palace, or hire one in advance - looked for licenced guide as they are very informative and...More

Date of experience: November 2011
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

if you think is a big statue you may be dissapionted

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

The only one in the world like it, a must see for all tourists and nationals.

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

Simply amazing. So beautiful and with such a detail, you could spend hours looking at it and the other temples arround and you would still find something new and interesting... although very busy when you get inside you still have that feeling that you are...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Rita A
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Really stunning to see, best advice is dont forget you can photograph it from the outside in which can deliver awesome memories as photography is strictly forbidden inside the temple where it resides

Date of experience: October 2011
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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
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