Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Chiang Rai
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Regarded as the most important of all Buddhist temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) annually draws tens of thousands of tourists from all over the globe. Experience the spiritual atmosphere of this sanctuary and admire its outstanding architecture and golden sculptures. The temple houses a notable 14th-century statuette called the "Emerald Buddha," a 66 cm (26 in) tall artwork carved from jade. Dress respectfully when visiting this sacred place, making sure your legs, arms, and torso remain covered at all times. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) by using our Chiang Rai itinerary builder.
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  • Very beautiful temple, you should look at the in any case if you are in the area. Also good for photos.
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  • This temple located in Lampang is a marvel to visit. Birthplace of the Buddha Emerald and its history. Evocation of the encounter in the forest of Buddha and an elephant in fury. The big Buddha Temple. A moment of peace and serenity, even for tourists.
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  • It is one of the most important Buddhist temples to visit in Chiang Rai. The atmosphere is very peaceful. Pay attention to the gardens where you can see the description of each tree there. Some of the...  more »
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  • Fun place to explore. We learned that the original Emerald Buddha in Bangkok's Royal Palace was originally from here. Be sure to take your shoes off and gaze inside the temple.
  • If you want a quiet hour or two away from the "hussle and bussle" of the day this is the place. Beautifully maintained, educational, tranquil.
  • Has a great museum converted from one of the older halls. Explains a lot about buddhist art and other artifacts from around the region and history. Worth the time to walk through and learn something
  • Very chill temple, beautiful and with lot of information about buddhism. Totally recommended.
  • Felt Peaceful and calmness visiting this temple. Missed the museum part.