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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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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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The Wat Phra Kaew is certainly "the" must-see place in Bangkok. Beautiful and colourful combination of different architectural styles, glittering under the sun. Hordes of tourists... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 was open to the public for just one week a year and today was the... More 

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Si Chomphu, Thailand
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It costs 500 baht to get in if you look foreign (even some half-Thais get charged because they look white) and free if you're Thai. That wouldn't be a huge deal except it's really hard to figure out what the hundreds of thousands of baht are going towards. You get to the temple and you aren't even allowed to take... More 

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Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Wat Phra Kaew is certainly "the" must-see place in Bangkok. Beautiful and colourful combination of different architectural styles, glittering under the sun. Hordes of tourists though anytime of the year, almost anytime of the day; more quiet from 3:00 p.m.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Located on the grounds of the Grand Palace - this small Buddha (26 inches tall) is made of jade or jasper (not emeralds). No pictures are allowed on this temple

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Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not going to bore you with details you can easily find in any guide book. Just practicalities: 1.Arrive early, preferably before the gates open at 8.30am. Start your day of sightseeing with this particular attraction! There will still be a crowd but at least manageable. Besides, that early the heat is less. The ticket is 500 Bahts per... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is definitely the number one attraction in Bangkok. I believe it's open from 8am-3:30 pm, and you'll probably spend 1-2 hours there. It's 500 baht per person but well worth the price. I arrived at this place in the afternoon and there were loads of people getting out of their tour bus. It was packed with people taking picture... More 

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Manipal, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the finest temple/ palace i have visited, and a popular place to visit when in Bangkok, do ensure you find some guides to explain the history of the place which will make you respect and enjoy the place.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Didn't realize that the ticket to enter the Emerald Budda inner sanctum was attached to our entry to the Grand Palace. We didn't see the Budda but enjoyed all the arcetecture around the complex.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very crowded the day we went, we got a guide who was amazing. Spend the money and have a real experience

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Ilheus, BA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's an impressive place, so many things to see, so many details to pay attention. You don't need to be a religious person to admire and contemplate the place. Don't go there in a rush, it worth every minute you spend there. Of course sometimes you need a little bit of patience because of the number of tourists.

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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 Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.