Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Khong

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Wat Phra Kaew is a third-common-class royal temple situated in the area of 10,640 square metres on Trairat road, Wiang sub-district, Muang Chiang Rai in Chiang Rai City, Thailand. The King of Thailand upgraded the temple to the royal temple on May 31, 1978. The temple gains historical importance as the place where the Emerald Buddha was found. It is also one of the main centres of Buddhist education and the Sangha’s administration in northern Thailand.Wat Phra Kaew is famous throughout Thailand as the original home of the translucent green Buddha which graces the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok’s Grand Palace. It was discovered in 1434 when a bolt of lighting hit an old Chedi. In the occasion of HRH Princess Mother at her 90 years in 1990, Phra Yok Chiangrai, made of jade brought from Canada, a replica of that image was created to presides over at Hor Phra Yok, which was opened by HRH Princess Kalayaniwattana on November 26, 1998.Wat Phra Kaew is also famous as the one of the royally endowed temple in this province. The abbot, Venerable Phra Dhammarachanuwat is the ecclesiastical head of all North Thailand.Like many temples throughout Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew is the beneficiary of many donations of important religious art works from members of its parish making merit. Arguably being the most important temple in the province, this Wat Phra Kaew has received more than its share over many centuries.Derivation of the nameWat Phra Kaew is one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist temples in Chiang Rai. It is unclear when the temple was founded. The temple was originally called Wat Pa Yeah or Wat Pa Yah (วัดป่าเยี้ยะ, meaning the Temple in the Golden Bamboo Forest), as it was surrounded by a dense yellow bamboo grove locally known as Yeah or Yah. In 1434 the temple’s octagonal Chedi (Pagoda) was struck by lightning and it fell apart to reveal a Buddha covered with stucco inside. The Buddha was then placed in the abbot's residence, who later noticed that stucco on the nose had flaked off, revealing a green figure inside. The abbot removed all the stucco and found a Buddha image made of a green semi-precious stone, which became known as Phra Kaew Morakot or the Emerald Buddha. "Emerald" here simply means "green coloured" in Thai. The temple has been thus called Wat Phra Kaew after this holy Buddha image ever since.
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  • Wat Phra Kaew is quite a nice temple, but three of the first seven reviews shown here are for the temple of the same name in Bangkok! Not very helpful for visitors to Chiang Khong.  more »
  • Just what was I thinking? Holy Buddhist Temple visit in the historic centre of Bangkok. Should be fine, yes? Until we arrived and saw 50 or so buses and a sea of people. Wat Phra Kaew is also know as ...  more »
  • Well I thought we were wondering but my wife had a plan. To find Wat Phra Kaew Chaing Khong. For Buddhists its very special as it is closely connected to the other two more famous ones In Bangkok and ...  more »
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  • Certainly a very popular place for Thai people to visit. Very large compound but quite & serene none the less. Lots of sings in English (and other languages) explaining the history & significance of the Emerald Buddha. The pond which houses turtles & some large catfish is also worth looking at - at least 3 species of turtle who clamber up onto the 2 platforms to sun themselves & where people throw food for them. The public toilet is to the right of the main Wat.
  • If you're only going to have time to go and see one temple complex in down town Chiang Rai then this is the one to go and see. The home of the much famed Emerald Buddha, which had been presumed lost or destroyed for centuries, until a lighting strike created a hole in the top the pagoda in the 1400'sAD and uncovered its secret hiding place. The area is very popular with locals due to its cultural significance.
  • Free to visit - Phra Kaew temple is rich with history and cultural value. It is recommended to visit on the way to Singha or the white temple. As mentioned by the others, stop by the museum, enjoy the turtle pond and don’t forget to ring the bells.
  • Wow!!!! Buddha in Emrald!!! Very old temple. The Buddha image is very nice. Don’t waste time in seeing other temples. This is must in Chiang Rai.
  • It's the initial venue of the Emerald Buddha in Thailand. Next to the temple itself there is a small museum in a beautiful teak style building. The whole location is quiet, peacful, clean and tidy, not crowded, and for free.

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