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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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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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Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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1.The Royal Palace per se can be missed but not the Temple of the Emerald Buddha inside this Palace. Better to go at 8 am, enter the Palace and proceed straight to this temple at 8.30 am, finish the Emerald Buddha temple visit before 10...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shivakala
Reviewed yesterday

this inside the royal palace so go and see it at the same time. try to come early in the morning to avoid the crowd

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jonashedstrom
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of many temples but worth the visit. Don’t expect a spectacular Buddha. The statue is quite small and apparently made from Jade and not Emerald as claimed. Still worth seeing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank VRO53
Reviewed 2 days ago

Another must see and be in Bangkok, great temple and architecture, the place is super busy, maybe they should limit the numbers for a better experience for visitors.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Where to start... No tank tops, no leggings, no shoulders or legs showing or they turn you into store to buy pants or sarong for $200 baht. It was funny to see all the people wearing the same store bought pants throughout the temple. It...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kantbyluv
Reviewed 3 days ago

This incredible temple (and its fabulous, memorable architecture), and its "Emerald Buddha", is located on the grounds of the Grand (Royal) Palace in Central Bangkok, and was found about 600 years ago. The statue was felt to "bring prosperity and pre-eminence" to the country where...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark D
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited with our guide, also Wat Arun and Grand Palace plus canal tour which took a morning. Be prepared that it will be very busy at the temples, canal tour was a nice calming way to see quieter parts of Bangkok.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marion F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Magnificent place. The government should better manage the number of tourists and there should be online booking.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NattKrai
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you come Thailand, you can't miss to visit the wonderful traditional building. These building including the history of Thailand culture and you can see some part are royal ruins.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank _W2854WD
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The temple itself is truly amazing. I loved the giant guards and the golden decoration of the temple. However, it is too crowded with other tourists. I know it is a popular sight and I am used at tourists being around, but this time, it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TessPasch
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July 10, 2018|
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Response from Kathryn F | Reviewed this property |
You can do both the Grand Palace grounds which also has the temple with the Emerald Buddha (most special) and Wat Pho which has the Reclining Buddha and the Thai Massage School. Both are close and beautiful. Crowds at the... More
March 21, 2018|
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Response from AhuvafromTX | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the earlier you can go, the better. You want to avoid both the crowds and the heat. This location also closes early. They stop selling tickets at 3:30, I believe, and close at 4. You can't get a tuk tuk inside this... More
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Response from Rachel H | Reviewed this property |
It is a massive temple complex. To walk around the entire place and soak it in and appreciate, I’d say 2-3 hrs. (The Grand Palace is there as well, but there is nothing to go into; only walk past it) Get there for when it... More