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Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

19 Moo 1, Tambol Wiang, Ampur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #5 of 26 Attractions in Chiang Rai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
Owner description: This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Good antidotes to over-the-top gold buddha extravaganzas is a touch of green jade. This little fella is a touch of class and especially welcome is his sitting in plain straight-on site for a good photo without the cameraman having to remove his shoes to enter the temple. Really, and no disrespect intended, but what's with the shoe removal and then... More 

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Den Bosch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is the tempel of Chiang Rai and original had the jade Boeddha, now it's in the tempel of the Royal King in Bangkok. This is in the center of Chiang Rai and very close to shops and (food)markets.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

It is nothing to compare with the temple with the same name in Bangkok, but it is a nice historic temple that you should visit if in Chiang Rai. It is close to city center

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Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A beautiful and historically important temple as the original Emerald Buddha was found there (now they have a new jade Buddha there).

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Probably the most important place to visit in Chiang Rai concerning its cultural and religious significance. Very interesting and beautiful as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Important cultural and religious site. A must visit!. This temple is located in the city of Chiang Rai pretty close to the center. The artwork and statues are of the highest quality and there is a lot to see here.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

You have the nice museum, the pagoda - where originally the Emerald Buddha that is in Bangkok was found), the temples and the bells.

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Otley West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

If you want to see just one temple in Chiang Rai then visit this one. This emerald Buddha is a copy of the one in Bangkok and is so much easier to see without the crowds. There's also a small museum and a collection of bells, ring away.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

There are a lot of temples in town but Wat Phra Kew is of course one of the most important. It is a classical temple but the copy of the sacred emerald buddha sits there in a peaceful and not crouded place. It is the occasion to take a little bit of calm...

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Phang Nga, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

Nice temple, should take a look. The extra's are a museum with a lot of statues -free, not behind glass- and the emerald Buddha that you can see in the complex behind the main hall. If you take the free-city-tram tour from the monument, you will see more nice temples. Free tram-tour at 9.30 and 13.00. In high season two... More 

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