Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Bangkok

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Pay a visit to the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Located in the precincts of the Grand Palace, the temple houses an emerald Buddha statue carved from semi-precious green stone and covered in gold--deemed to be the palladium (protective image) of Thailand. The surrounding buildings, sculptural forms, and murals complement the regal and spiritual atmosphere of the room in which the Buddha is kept. Take time to wander the grounds, a great place to get lost in. Our Bangkok online trip builder makes visiting Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and other Bangkok attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Wat Phra Kaew is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace.It costs 500BAHT a person to entry and you must be dressed respectfully. We had a hard time finding the Emerald Buddha how things are not...  more »
  • what an amazing place to walk around and experience the details that are profoundly everywhere.in this historical area.  more »
  • Yet another must see attraction in Bangkok. Plenty of beautiful temples to walk around. The highlight is sitting in the room with the emerald Buddha. Be cautious and respectful inside the temples...  more »
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  • Very beautiful place, definitely a must see if you are visiting Bangkok. The entry fee is 500 baht and it's well worth it. When you visit this place if you are a man do not wear flip flops or short pants and if you are a woman do not wear a tank top or shorts. They will not allow you inside.
  • Ruined by rude Chinese tourists. This is an incredibly sacred and beautiful temple. I remember the experience being absolutely awesome the first time here. It was relatively quiet, serene, and peaceful. You could kneel and pray. Now it's a mob of Chinese tourists literally pushing and shoving their way into and through the temple. I feel the worst for the local Thai people. The monk taps the no talking sign, and the Chinese just get louder, the guides blow whistles. They should eject those who are so disrespectful. I would recommend going early AM if you want the original serenity.
  • Most serene visit to such an amazing temple with all its beauty and grandeur in architecture and the stories behind. We were lucky to get a beautiful visit inside abs spend some time sleeping in the serenity and peace in the deity. Can’t take photos and have to wear socks.
  • Be sure to get there when they open!!! Actually before they open, so your the 1st in line and it's a very pleasant experience. Follow the dress code! Scarfs around ladies shoulders are not permitted, I was turned away the 1st time I tried to go and that was late in the day. The afternoon was insanely busy, people shoulder to shoulder pushing through...Get there earlier! Once your in, it is breathtaking! Sounds of chimes and birds, golden temples, mirrors and all the beauty pour out while you walk. I'm so grateful for this experience.
  • Fascinating place! It was my first encounter with Thai cultural heritage. Entering here was like travelling back in time 1000 years. Magical place. There's no point to describe it. You have to see and feel it.

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