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Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #5 of 28 attractions in Chiang Rai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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Khon Kaen, Thailand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you've been to Bangkok or read anything about the Grand Palace here, you've heard of the Emerald Buddha. It's a tiny image of Buddha (and actually made of jade), and this priceless piece of history was discovered here in 1434. The legend holds that the temple's original pagoda was struck by lightning, revealing the Phra Kaew Marakot, the Emerald Buddha. It... More

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Riga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There were not other tourists than us when we visited, we almost felt a bit like intruders (but not in a negative way). The place is very calm and quite dark because of high palms. There is no such flashy buildings like in temples of Bangkok or Chiang Mai, but still it is worth visiting.

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Warwick-on-Eden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I have been travelling or a long time and As a result, I am hard to impress when it comes to temples. They all start to look the same. However this was beautiful. Worth visiting.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Not really much to see or do here, but if you are into Temples and architecture, do it. Plenty of places to eat across the road if you are there around Lunch or Dinner.

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

My frist time here i was decided to visite Wat Pha Khaew Chiangrai . In temple no entrance fee. Very nice house of budha with style of lanna .So house of buddha must see inside located replica of emeral Budha.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Set in serene surroundings with the emerald Buddha as the highlight, we found this Wat interesting. It has a certain peace and calm as you step in. Lovely garden.

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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Beautiful temples, great infrastructure and you could take some of the best photographs here. It's a must visit place. I think 99% of the tourists in Bangkok come here during their stay. So I would also recommend this temple if you are in Bangkok, but you need to cover your legs while visiting here, so wear full pants or jeans... More

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Aldershot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace are the temple buildings. The temple used to house the emerald Buddha, though don' get to excited about this, the statue itself is tiny and sirs well away from. Any prying eyes. No camera are allowed within the temple itself, but you can get some great shots of the outside and of... More

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Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great photo opportunities and a very interesting place to visit. Has an interesting story to tell. Definitely worth a visit to see.

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Gibsons, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

After the second wat of the day, they usually all roll into one mixed recollection for me. Not this one. Interesting architecture, peaceful grounds, lovely temples and a very well curated museum.

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