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“Overcrowded and too obsessed with no photographs” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
02222-0094
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
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“Overcrowded and too obsessed with no photographs”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Rather than a place of worship, it was more crowded than St Peter's Basilica in Rome on a bad day. There seemed to be an overabundance of officials shouting "no photographs" (photos could be obtained by standing outside the door)

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“Wonderful Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

You get taken to too many temples in Thailand but this is one of the best. It is crowded with tourists and a guide is a must. Go early to miss some of the crowds

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“Beautiful - but incredibly crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Part of the Royal Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaeo was easily one of the most beautiful temples we saw in Thailand. The scope and detail were amazing and definitely worth a look.

Having said that, this was easily one of the most crowded tourist attractions I have *EVER* been to. The Forbidden City had NOTHING on Wat Phra Kaeo in terms of visitors - at least when we were there. We were literally elbow to elbow in some places. Bring your camera, lots of patience and be mindful of your belongings.

Before you go, take a second to review the dress code. Remember it's a place of worship and be respectful. Definitely cover your shoulders and make sure not to wear short shorts - many people had to "rent" clothes (available on-site) so that they would be suitably covered. We read that open toed/heeled sandals were not allowed, but saw many many people with flip flops, crocs and other sandals on.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a beautiful temple. Pictures can be taken from outside, but the ability to do so inside would help enhance the visit. The Buddha is dressed in different clothing depending on the time of year.

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“Beautiful; Thailand's holiest of holies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Part of the Royal Palace complex. No bare legs or bare shoulders permitted - and they mean business!

The entire area is dazzling before you even get to the temple. Dazzling is an understatement. Make sure your camera's batteries are fully charged - you'll need them!

The temple itself is a holy place so act respectfully - bare feet only and for heaven's sake ! - don't point the soles of your feet toward the Buddha; If you do a very polite security guard will come over and firmly correct your behavior.

The Emerald Buddah itself is really quite small compared to all the ornamentation within the temple. Don't forget to take time to admire the murals on the walls. The theme's are quite similar to European court scenes (with a Thai twist)

When we were there the monks were chanting, which added a more reverent feeling. Just sit down (on the floor) and quietly take it all in. Enjoy the lovely shade while you can because it's HOT outside! To avoid being pushed out (if it's crowded) sit down on the floor somewhere (watch where those feet are pointing!)

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