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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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Visit this as one of main attractions

Would seem strange to visit Bangkok and not this site. A beautiful Buddha which is surprisingly green!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Would seem strange to visit Bangkok and not this site. A beautiful Buddha which is surprisingly green!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Make sure you have enough time for a visit, the Grand Palace gets really busy. It is a big property, lots of walking, lots of people moving in all directions. Make sure you are dressed correctly. Long trousers, and shirts with (short) sleeves are allowed. A scarf wrapped around your shoulders does not count (for foreigners only it seems though).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a MUST see when visiting Bangkok!!! Allow yourself enough time to get in as there are lots of tourist groups. You feel a bit like you are in a sardine can to get to the Emerald Buddha but its hard not to be moved when you see him and his temple. The rest of the Grand Palace is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wat Phra Kaew is the main temple in Thailand - therefore, it should be visited. The temple building shines in the sunlight, which can be dazzling on the human eye. There is a valuable emerald Buddha statue inside - the most sacred in Thailand. Surrounding the temple are murals that tell the story of the Ramakien, which is the Thai... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A trip to Bangkok is synonymous with multiple visits to Temples and the fact that they are located within the same area makes it extremely easy to be immersed in this rich cultural experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must see, must do, must go while in SE Asia. The water taxi makes it accessible, BE cautious of pick pockets and thieves!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Probably the most exquisite place I've ever seen all in gold, thing is to be respectful you have to queue up to wear a long sarong to cover parts of your body for the girls and for the guys you have to wear a long trousers in the heat. There are a lot of photo opportunities here, make sure you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very cool but go it in off hours, late in the day. also be careful of the scamers saying it's closed. remember to bring your coverups. way to may tourists with umbrellas that will poke your eyes out early,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We hired a tour guide for 300 Bhat, definitely worth it because she guided us around crowds, ushered us into the shade, and told us the history of this area. I wore a long skirt (came to mid-calf) and a short-sleeved T shirt and sandals. That was fine. There were definitely folks stopped for their clothing. Seeing Buddhas isn't my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So many of the temples are almost like tourist attractions with so many, many visitors. This was the one that seemed most like an active shrine with worshippers having the opportunity to have their moment without the crowds pressing in.

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Banglamphu
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.