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Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

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Address: 19 Moo 1, Tambol Wiang, Ampur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Phone Number: 53711385
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Description: This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in...
This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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Old Temple near City Centre

This temple is within walking distance from city centre. Since there is no entrance fee and not so commercial, it is worth to see. The temple ground is so quiet and serene. This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This temple is within walking distance from city centre. Since there is no entrance fee and not so commercial, it is worth to see. The temple ground is so quiet and serene. This temple is also an education place for would be young monks so you can notice many young people from different background. Unlike other temples which encourage seeling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This temple is located very close to town centre. Unlike other temples with thousands of visitors, this temple is very quiet and suitable for its purpose as the education ground for would be monks. Unfortunately, not many parts of temple was opened to the public when I visited this temple at dawn. Unlike other places, this temple does not sell... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is a must to visit when you are in Chiang Rai. Very unique and artistic. Take a lot of photos from outside only. Inside is forbidden.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For people who aren't into history, this temple may not be as interesting. It is not the largest or prettiest temple in Northern Thailand. It is, however, historically important, as it was supposedly where the Emerald Buddha was first found in Thailand (that statue is now in Bangkok). The museum that is inside the temple is well worth spending a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

great tour around the two floors by a monk with excellent english. well worth a trip, interesting items in the temple museum and the building itself is gorgeous

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the last resting place before being transferred to Bangkok, some nice photos to be taken, but 15/20 minutes is the maximum time that you need to set aside for your visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We saw this temple as part of a package and thoroughly enjoyed it. A sympathetic atmosphere here although the original Buddha has been moved to Bangkok.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Chang Rai is a gateway town and doesn't have a huge number of attractions. This temple is just one of several places that was home to the Emerald Buddha before the final resting place in Bangkok. Worth a visit if you're in the town, but not a diversion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A nice quick stop to see the temple and copy of original buddha however there are many temples in Thailand guide said 35,000

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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Interesting temple which housed the original Emerald Buddha which is now in Wat Pho in Bangkok. Be sure to check out all the buildings.

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