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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Bangkok
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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. See Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and all Bangkok has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bangkok tourist route planner.
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Wow! The size and scope of the temple complex is beyond imagination. The temples have elaborate and exquisite details: porcelain, murals, Buddha sculptures and much more. The chedi (spired buildings) ... read more »
This is simply a must-see. While away a few minutes in the presence of the stunning Emerald Buddha to catch your breath in hectic Bangkok.
Found within the grounds of the Grand Palace. No photography is allowed here, which is shame considering how much of a sight it is.
This is a gigantic temple grounds. It's a relaxing place with a lot of open areas and nice places to sit. There's enough shade, so it's cool, even on a hot sunny day. It's a great place for photographs. The reclining Buddha is really cool. It's very big, and you have to walk out the building and then back in to see it all. They have a medical massage building and free water bottles, too.
If you only go to one temple, I would say, do this one. There is alot to see, and if you get the chance, defiantly go to Watpo Thai Traditional Massage School, in the grounds. We went in, and had a 30 min thai massage, and whilst it hurt a but, I literally felt AMAZING afterwards....
You can easily spend a few hours here exploring around. 100 THB entry which included a small bottle of chilled water. On a budget? Come after 5pm to wander some of the grounds for free if you enter via the South side. Great at dusk/sunset! You'll be able to enjoy the architecture, but can't go inside the buildings.
Incredibly impressive temple complex ! most impressive sights are the 4 towers and the reclining Buddha. within the complex, you can also get massages (30min) for 240 baht (6eur) from people who went to the famous massage university. but be aware, most people go for their massage when the temples are closing, so if you want to evade long waiting (40min or more), try to go before.
The entry to this temple is very minimal and they also offer one packet of water for the travelers who is coming in the scorching heat of sun. Before visiting to the reclining buddha we had played the gong. After that we visited the Reclining Buddha. The idol is huge. And a great example of Asiatic Architecture. If you are visiting Bangkok this is a must visit.
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