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Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Address: 19 Moo 1, Tambol Wiang, Ampur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Phone Number: 53711385
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Ranked #4 of 34 Attractions in Chiang Rai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Make your way to Wat Phra Kaeo during your visit to Chiang Rai. Located right near the hospital. We took the city's free tourist trolley (twice daily at 9:30a and 1:30p) and this was a stop. Very lush gardens, benches for relaxing, and peaceful. There's a museum on site but the two times we were there it was closed.

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Llandeilo, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

None of the tourist pressure of chiang mai, here reverential and respectful Buddhists. A peaceful temple with a fascinating history.

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

While the "emerald Buddha" was actually green glass, or perhaps jade (the original was moved to Bangkok, where it graces a temple of the same name), the temple is still nationally important as the place where the original emerald Buddha was found in 1434. As the leading templ in the province, it is home to the head abbot inthe province.... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Personally I would take a ferry boat on the river to reach this wat. Walk back inland (follow the crowds) past a street market cross the road and, most important, ignore anyone who approaches you offering themselves as a guide, and ignore anyone who says the place is closed today. Once inside you are in for a treat. Visually stunning,... More 

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Tullamarine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Fantastic display. Some of the temple was damaged during a recent earth tremor but still looks great. They are also constructing more buildings at present. No cost to enter

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

nice temple , good garden , many tourist , walking from ben guesthouse is possible , nice young monks walking around , good vibe in the temple grounds , nice flowers

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

What set this Wat apart for me was the museum in one of the grounds' buildings. There were some beautiful pieces here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Best temple in Chiang Rai. I visited on New Year's Day and was just blown away by it. Make sure you visit all of it including the museum. Simply wonderful. Recommended.

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Bangkok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Wat is nestled in a busy city, but once we stepped in, we can feel the peace and serenity. We especially like the master art piece in the Wat, you may sightread the story from the art piece. We spent about an hour in the Wat.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very Relaxing place to coem and visits (also very quiet when we came in teh afternoon). as you woudl expect gold buddhas everywhere. Take a littel extra time and visit teh musuem as well. You can get here by Bycycle as part of teh self guieded 9 Legends of Nakon Chiang Rai ride. Its easy and can be completed in... More 

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