Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
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This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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Lynne S
Bangkok100 contributions
Pleasant but not spectacular
Nov 2020
Worth a 10 minute stop off to see the original home of the emerald Buddah.
Also good to see a more traditional Wat after the artistry of the Blue and White Temples.
Written November 15, 2020
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Once the home of the Emerald Buddha
Jan 2020
A large, very much functional Wat in the north of Chiang Rai. The map at the entrance explains the function of the various buildings in the compound, but the focal point here is the temple towards the back, housing a replica of the emerald buddha that is found at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. This one is made of Canadian Jade, so I feel a particular attachment to it. The room where the statue sits glows in a beautiful green, with beautiful murals on the surrounding walls.

Elsewhere on the site, you can observe turtles in the pond, see the tall golden Pagoda in the center of the compound, ring the temple bells. You will see many monks here, performing their daily chores or otherwise going about their business - this is their home, and you are simply a visitor, so be respectful. Towards the exit, there is a large table where you can make donations of money, either directly to the temple, or to buy robes or supplies for the monks. Since there is no entrance fee, this is a nice gesture to show appreciation for visiting.
Written June 4, 2020
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zebragorda
Zihuatanejo, Mexico281 contributions
Great Temple
Feb 2020
Loved the emerald tones in this landmark. It was a very different feeling than many of the others which all look the same after a while
Written March 25, 2020
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Einon_E_Mouse
Wales, UK507 contributions
Worth an hour of your time.
Feb 2020 • Couples
An easy 15 minute walk from the centre of town, I personally wouldn’t use a guide or go on an organised tour - it’s quite easy to find and navigate on your own. No entry charge, but donations gratefully received. Also, photography is welcomed (without flash) - very unusual for temples. The complex is quite compact with some lovely buddhas in temples and in a small but lovely museum. Definitely worth an hour of your time.
Written February 5, 2020
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jchuii
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK120 contributions
Beautiful but expensive
Dec 2019 • Friends
Very beautiful, however was very expensive entrance fee compared to other attractions and also could also see/enter the Emerald Temple, most other things was just looking from the outside, but worth seeing, beautiful
Written February 3, 2020
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,823 contributions
Vacation
Feb 2020 • Friends
Beautifully set back off the road and very pretty and quiet. Beautiful Temple and statues and a good sized Stupa. Also on the grounds is a very good museum with the visit. Did enjoy this outing.
Written February 3, 2020
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legh d
Hanoi, Vietnam108 contributions
Stunning
Jan 2020 • Couples
As is the case often you find absolute serenity and beauty in a Thai temple. With its attached museum this Wat was an escape from the modern world to experience a spiritual massage!
Written January 29, 2020
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Bryan1701
Indianapolis, IN40 contributions
Excellent site
Nov 2019 • Couples
Beautiful temple and historic site in northern Thailand. Worth visiting if going to Thailand. We were there as part of a small group tour with World Spree.
Written January 26, 2020
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xuanlocdoc
Big Rock, Illinois312 contributions
Fancy
Jan 2020
One of many temples in Northern Thailand. This one is quite ornate and very fancy. Worth a walk through. Remove shoes before entering
Written January 25, 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,140 contributions
Interesting, but only too a point.
Jan 2020 • Couples
Without doubt, the interior of the main Wat is interesting, with the Jade Buddha and surrounding iridescent jade tiles being worth the visit alone. There's also a couple more buildings to visit, one another Wat and the other displaying traditional art and the complex certainly wasn't too busy or crowded.

All interesting, too a point, but you can soon reach temple overload.
Written January 22, 2020
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