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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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Nice but crowded.

Really beautiful temple and Buddha. It was different than I thought, the Buddha is very small, is high up, and the temple was very crowded making it hard to see. I recommend doing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Really beautiful temple and Buddha. It was different than I thought, the Buddha is very small, is high up, and the temple was very crowded making it hard to see. I recommend doing it as a tour and visit other temples, that way they can tell you about it.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not my favorite temple in Chiang Rai, but it's rather nice. And it's the only temple that is always crowded with Thai people and school children. It's walking distance from the city center so don't miss it.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Not at the top of my list of most interesting temples to photograph in Chiang Rai, but the Emerald Buddha is highly revered and can be very crowded on holidays and weekends with Thai worshippers who often travel from temple to temple in large family groups.

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York, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Worth a visit and take your time to look at the small things, like the turtles and flowers and intricate decorations. The story of the emerald Buddha is fascinating I think it would make a great movie theme along the lines of tomb raiders type adventure😎 Free entry but donations are welcome

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is an easy walk from the center of town. No entrance fee. Very serene, small wat. Good descriptions in English to help understand the history. No signs against taking pictures.

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This temple had a very long and fascinating history, especially concerning the journeys of the Emerald Buddha. It was extremely peaceful and tranquil and surrounded by an absolutely amazing variety of colourful flowers, shrubs and trees. All together a very special, humbling and spiritual place. Incredible to think this was in the middle of Chiang Rai.

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Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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Surabaya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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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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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Address: Address: 19 Moo 1, Tambol Wiang, Ampur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Phone Number: 53711385
Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Chiang Rai Province  >  Chiang Rai

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