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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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Phone Number: 02222-0094
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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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Well maintained but crowded

We went on a hot day, but the entire setup was really good - royal and glamorous. The Emerald Buddha is in a glass cabinet on top of a shrine. Wouldn't call it mesmerising, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a hot day, but the entire setup was really good - royal and glamorous. The Emerald Buddha is in a glass cabinet on top of a shrine. Wouldn't call it mesmerising, but can visit if you have time to spare.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

VALUE ART!!!Immensely articulate.This temple symbolises Grandeur.Like putting worship at highest pedestal

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went, it was hot, the walk was long, it was very crowded and of course, the portion with the Emerald Buddha was closed, but you have to pay the 500baht fee anyway. The temple is pretty, perhaps gaudy in a way. The monks lined up sitting to meditate but talking on their cell phones was curious to us.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is speechless to see such beautiful temples, amazing, must see place. Been to many places in the world, the temples here are so different, the art work and design of the building, just fabulous. Just a suggestion for the management team, if you can control daily incoming numbers of tourists on daily base, currently so many tour groups in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although there were many people kneeling in the temple it was very quiet. Tourists were respectful. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

But don't make the mistake we made on our 1st trip here.. We all agreed to meet at the Buddha.. lol..we all ended up at different Buddha's that 1st time in Thailand

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one place that must not be missed on a visit to Bangkok! I have never seen so much gold and precious stones around and inside a temple. The courtyard is amazing with various gold statues, towers and amazing buildings placed in strategic positions all around and all. The Emerald Buddha is a sight to behold, even as it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This temple is the most famous in Thailand and a lot of tourists visit it. It opens 8:00 to 15:30. I think you should visit it as early as possible, because not only hot wheather but also there are many people in the afternoon. The tempke is very beautiful and I recommend you to visit it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Admission is 100 baht per adult or child over 120 cm. You will receive free bottle (350ml) for your ticket inside so don't bin it. Its advised to come with appropriate clothes but I saw many tourists dressed in shorts. Nice temple to see but can be a bit busy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really quite disappointed with the emerald buddha. The building was lovely, there was not much really to look at and the Emerald Buddha was so small, they had also dresed him in rags, you need 10-20 tops to look around this place

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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.