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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  • August 15, 2017
    It is ok. In the area of chiang rai would perhaps be third on my list of favorites by visit. Agreed us the call to prayer and we stayed to see the prayer.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Been going with much expectation, unfortunately something disappointed. The Emerald lights are arrangements green something else, but unfortunately the only featured at the wat. Not necessarily a must see in chiang rai
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  • August 8, 2017
    This is probably the most important temple in Chiang Rai. They found the Emerald Buddha here, the one that now is in Royal Palace Bangkok. So here there is an almost exact copy of that Emerald Buddha,...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    The entrance to this temple is small and easy to miss. Not a very big temple but it glows emerald inside which is so special. Intricate drawings depicting a story on the walls.
  • August 12, 2017
    Lovely temple with very friendly attendants and an emerald Buddha that's just 0.1 cm smaller than its Bangkok counterpart. Rumor has it that the Bangkok one originally lived here.
  • January 27, 2017
    Very quiet and beautiful temple with signs in different languages for tourists to understand what is all about. Surrounded with beautiful flowers and orchids and small museum with valuable items. No entrance fee. Recommended.
  • December 25, 2016
    This place is wonderful.....so chill and quiet. I want to comeback next year. And bring my parent with me. It so good you could come too..
  • June 16, 2017
    Very friendly staff. And temple also has a great small museum.

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