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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Address: Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued...

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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Beautifully ornate

The outside of the temple is beautifully ornate. The mosaic walls glistened in the sun to create an artistic effect like no other. The Buddha itself was rather small but... read more

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The outside of the temple is beautifully ornate. The mosaic walls glistened in the sun to create an artistic effect like no other. The Buddha itself was rather small but spectacular - it was interesting to read that the Buddha has three different outfits - one for each season! Make sure you spend some time viewing the rest of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the top five must-see attractions in Bangkok, IMO. Wear slip-off/on shoes. Crowded, but worth it. Standard stop on any paid/organized tour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Essentially I recommend this site as a beautiful and important cultural site. However, it is extremely crowded, therefore one needs to arrive as early as possible, say 9am, to minimise waiting in line. One should also dress appropriately, meaning no revealing clothing, including shorts for men. If you are bare-legged or scantilly clad you will be required to line up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful temple with architecture, Buddhas and motifs to make you shake your head in amazement. I would return again if it was a tad cheaper. Best viewed in the morning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning architecture. Definitely worth a visit. We came as a private "grand palace and temple" tour. I will recommend this to everyone because it was chaotic and there was a sea of people. Our guide made everything go super smooth on the day - transport, short cuts, best photography spots etc. can't imagine doing it without him. We wore long... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A very large former residence of the Royal Family. Every surface of all buildings opulently decorated and the area is vast. It is in the middle of the city and parking is difficult. Remember to BRING LONG PANTS or skirt BELOW the knees or you will need to rent and return them (I learned this after waiting in line for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is again another place to visit as a priority. It isvery near within the grand palace and although it can be missed easily . Take your time to view as it is worth inside and out. The carvings and intricacies are amazing and splendid. However the place is very crowded atm due to lots of people mourning and paying... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful, really. There are a lot of temples to see in this great city, but this one is a must see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Huge temple complex. Temples have excellent carvings and sculptures. Gets very crowded during the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do not, I repeat, do not miss this beautiful Jade, carved Buddha. Even thought small compared to others, it is one of the most sacred of all in Thailand. It's long history is amazing and it is absolutely beautiful. Note that when you visit, it will be wearing different clothes over it depending on whether it is rainy season, winter... More 

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While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok, it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.
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