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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Address: Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phone Number: 02222-0094
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Description: Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued...
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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Located within The Grand Palace, this temple was one of the most crowded ones and it was difficult to admire its splendor. Not only that, it was HOT!!!! Many people were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Located within The Grand Palace, this temple was one of the most crowded ones and it was difficult to admire its splendor. Not only that, it was HOT!!!! Many people were attempting to take pictures and many succeeded. I cannot understand why tourist were so disrespectufl and not obeying the rules. Many locals were praying too and the temple was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha. (Admittance is about $15.00.) The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha are unbelievably beautiful and should not be missed when in Bangkok. You can spend a great deal of time looking around. We were there before the New Year, but it was still just crazy busy, even by mid-morning. There are... More 

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Cochrane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You have to put up with crowds of people for this site. It is very popular so if you want a special photo without people in it you will have to be very patient. There are many signs about no photos of the emerald Buddha in the temple. We witnessed one guy trying to sneak a photo and one of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The temple was OK - not amazing but OK. The experience was spoiled by the overwhelming crowds which, together with the overwhelming heat, made the visit more of an endurance trial.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This attraction is included in the Grand Palace. When we went, it was Chinese New Year and they were admitting 100,000 visitors per day. So it was a zoo. Yet there were still locals praying at this temple, despite the hordes of tourists. While beautiful, unfortunately you do not get to see the Buddha up close, but it is still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is another of those beautiful temples that Bangkok is famous for. After seeing this one, I felt like one of the life's main objective has been solved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were amazed at the sheer size and spectacular detail of Wat Phra Kaew! The Emerald Buddha is only one of the many things to see there. We got an audio tour for 400 bhart each and it wasn't great. I would recommend reading about the history of the Wat the night before so you can fully appreciate it. Make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This temple is quite amazing. Everything is so huge and well made, the level of details is amazing! This is a must if you are staying in Bangkok! The only thing I would say is that you should go there as soon as it opens so you can enjoy the place without that many tourists - it can get insanely... More 

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Gwandalan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The interior of this temple is amazingly detailed. I so appreciated being able to see something so beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

When you purchase your ticket to the Grand Palace, it also includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. A modest Dress code is strictly enforced - no shoulder, cleavage, bare midriff or legs showing. Capris on women are not acceptable either. If you do not wear the proper clothes, you will be required to "rent them or you will not... More 

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