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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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Interesting temple

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

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

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Having travelled South East Asia for a few months, I still enjoy seeking out new temples in cities. But there's just not much to see here. Visiting the whole site takes about 15 minutes, and while it's a peaceful temple, it's not really worth a trip, nothing grand or unique.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Before reviewing I have to find out what TA knows that I do not. The Wat Phra Kaeo that I visited is in Bangkok on the river, not in Chiang Rai as this heading indicates. I would like to review it and post pictures but this is confusing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This temple has a great story of the lightning in 15th century striking a stupa and revealing the Emerald Buddha that eventually after centuries of travel all over the Indochina ended up in the temple at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. A replica made out of jade, just 0,1 cm shorter than the real one graces a small warm feeling... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Very nice and well worth the visit. But, be advised that the original Emerald Buddha no longer resides there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If you think that Bangkok is all about shopping, nightlife and skyscrapers, Wat Phra Kaeo will make you think again. This amazingly tranquil place should be a must-do in your itinerary. You must have your legs covered inside the temple. For this, you can take a free sarong right at the entrance.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This place has a huge historic meaning since this was the original resting place of the Emerald Buddha. Now, there are so many temples when you travel around Thailand that this just makes for another beautiful one. I love the wooden houses and buildings they construct through out Thailand and other countries in the region, this temple complex has one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

What a fabulous place! It is extremely relaxing and quiet with the main temple showing a replica of the Emerald Buddha now in Bangkok. Apparently the original was literally unearthed here hundreds of years ago and taken to Bangkok as a very holy shrine. It is a proper Buddhist monastery and it has ponds full of turtles which are fascinating... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

the jade Buddha is shined with green lights that makes it look majestic and beautiful. a must visit when you are in chiang rai.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This really is worth visiting. Such a peaceful place to wander around. The museum has a replica of the Emerald Buddha whilst the Jade Buddha is notable having been carved from a stone sent to the Royal Family by a Canadian. The working temple also had a bronze Buddha and, the monks are friendly and will talk to you and... More 

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