Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
4.5
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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Martin S
Sidcup, UK501 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace. I was lucky to visit this beautiful monument to the past glories of Thailand and its culture. Then there were no crowds or security checks to overcome. I would suggest that you take a guide if you are not on a pre arranged tour, they will not only give you a remarkable insight into the amazing structures but they also know the ropes for ticketing, access and guidance through the crowd. Our guide even had long trousers for us as we were wearing shorts (not allowed in any temple) a shawl for the lady in our group with a sleeveless dress and umbrellas to protect from the sun. There were five in our group and she charged 2000 baht, but well worth it. The entrance fee was about 1000 baht which included a Thai dance performance which we did not attend due to our timings. Check the performance times beforehand, it looked amazing. Try and go early as it gets very busy. Bring socks if you do not like going barefoot as you must remove your shoes. You are not supposed to photograph the Emerald Buddha inside the temple, so prepare how you hold your mobile phone!
Written February 10, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,109 contributions
Dec 2019
Wat Phra Kaew is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace.It costs 500BAHT a person to entry and you must be dressed respectfully. We had a hard time finding the Emerald Buddha how things are not labeled well and there is a million people there. If we were smart we would have paid for the a guide. There is a ton to see beside the Emerald Buddha and you are not going to want to miss out on any of it.

Wat Phra Kaew houses the sacred Emerald Buddha that is seated in meditation pose and is carved out of a single piece of Jade. Buddha is 19 inches wide at the lap, and 26 inches high. Not as big as I was expecting but it is incredible.

Most of the temples at the Grand Palace you can not take photos in.
Written May 20, 2020
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Stefmar88
Andover, UK76 contributions
Feb 2020
Make sure that your feet are covered, shoulders are covered and legs are covered to get in, that said once you are in they do not seem to worry too much. It was very busy although there was plenty of space and you never felt claustrophobic. Take a camera with a large storage as there are so many beautiful things to capture. It cost 700 baht pp entrance and you could spend a good 4-5 hours there. Some Temples require you to remove your shoes to enter. There are plenty of good clean toilets and places to buy water if required. Use the map they issue you as there are many knooks and crannies to see and you really do not want to miss anything and it explains a lot about the Temples.
Written February 22, 2020
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Jeff
Cardiff, UK13 contributions
Jan 2020
Visited in January 2020, expensive to get in - 500 Baht per person when most other temples charge 50 Baht. Very strict on clothing so if wearing shorts or shoulders showing forced to purchase appropriate clothes.
Only 1 entrance for tourists so beware, you may have a long walk to get in.
Very crowded or even overcrowded to extent uncomfortable especially in humid hot conditions. Restrictions on what can and cannot do with guards to enforce - unable to rub the elephant head anymore for good luck.
I suppose you have to visit but be prepared !
Written February 5, 2020
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nyusz44
London, UK103 contributions
Mar 2020
The temple is in the Grand Palace. Don't listen to the tuktuk drivers or others that the Palace is closed or only for locals and the buddha cannot be seen, these are scams!
Getting into the Palace is easy, they check your backpacks. You must wear long trousers or you have to rent there (for 300 bahts) otherwise you cannot enter.
The Palace itself is amazing with beautiful buildings and paintings. In the middle, there is the temple with the Emerald Buddha. As in all temples, you need to take your shoes off when you enter. You are not allowed to take pictures inside but you can seat there and enjoy the statues and the beautiful paintings as long as you want. Of course, you can pray.
Written April 2, 2020
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Kaymtravel7
Los Angeles, CA800 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is inside the Grand Palace. It is very ornate inside and worth spending some time to enjoy. The strict dress code applies, so cover shoulders and full legs. You will need to take your shoes off to enter, so I recommend wearing or bringing socks.
Written April 2, 2020
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violetta j
12 contributions
Oct 2020

A rare world heritage art and architectural culture with non identical style. Visit this temple is like walking in museum. From wall mural art, low relief to elegant sculpture. Emerald Buddha is a center point of this temple. We can spot some local practise meditation in this hall. However, if you wanna feel embrace by the beauty of this place, try to avoid the peak hour and mass tourist. Occasionally open in the night.
Written August 27, 2021
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estokoe14
Derby, UK59 contributions
Jan 2020
The buildings, statues, surrounding grounds and of course the Emerald Buddha are beautiful but this place is SO BUSY.

I've been to many crowded tourist attractions in my life but this was the worst I have ever experienced. We were impossibly squashed when filing past the Buddha and quite frankly I'm surprised I didn't see anyone faint in the heat / crowd.

This place would be excellent if perhaps someone was managing the crowds or better yet, only allowing a certain number of people onto the site at a time for safety? I would not take children there for fear of them being crushed.

If you do want to visit at a less busy time, make sure you are modestly dressed. That is, shoulders covered and trousers/skirt/dress down to the ankle (just over the knees is not enough apparently).
Written January 26, 2020
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Ellinlaw .
Finksburg, MD469 contributions
Dec 2019
This temple, on the precincts of the Grand Palace, is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The temple houses the Emerald Buddha, a tall standing dark green statue, carved from a single jade stone. Although it is not known when it was made, it is believed it was crafted in 14-century Thailand. Only Thai people are allowed to pray in front of the statue and only the Thai king is allowed to touch the statue. That happens when the king changes the cloak around the statue three times a year corresponding to summer, winter and rainy seasons.
When visiting, please be aware that there is a strict dress code. Long trousers and skirts are recommended. It is also mandatory to remove any shoes before entering the temple.
Written January 22, 2020
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Daniel S
Southampton, UK498 contributions
Jan 2020
This temple is located within the Grand Palace and like many, shoes have to be removed and no knees, shoulders or upper chest/backs showing all have to be covered to enter the temple. The statue itself is beautiful and seeing is believing, be prepared for loads of tourist and my best advice would be get there for opening time 08:30am to get the best chance of seeing it with less people becasue by 10am the tour buses arrive and it gets extremely busy. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the statue once inside the temple itself.

The buidling outside is beautiful and the statues around are worth getting a picture of, the entire complex is stunning and this is well worth a visit if in Bangkok.
Written January 21, 2020
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