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. Add Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) to your Chiang Rai travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chiang Rai vacation site .
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  • Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai's old town gate is the gate/door fault black or Black Gate, San PA daeng mogul, RAI, called still called the intersection where the road book road Michael stronghold that four separate fault black Gates East Temple. There is a pond, an ancient name pond water changmup. Thailand art large stucco sculptures. arch elephant Crouch. Green Buddha image inside. Directly beside the fish pond and water and turtle-shaped King Mengrai thanphra simulation.
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  • This is the top attraction of Bangkok and that you will know too! It's so idiot busy that you lose sight of each other very quickly, just take a picture and away is your group. There is also a lot of noise by the crowds. I saw only at home on the pictures that I had been because I was too concerned with the spot watch that I lost no one hit. There is much to see and you have because of all the crowds up to an hour or 2, but otherwise I'd raced away screaming after half an hour. Much too full for my taste. That they would have to regulate. But chaos is in Thailand I think.
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  • Close to the city center. It's the original birthplace of the Emerald Buddha before it embarked its journey which finally sees it arrived at its current location in Bangkok. The temple itself is small...  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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