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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  • Beautiful temple, where there are no pay input. At the top of un.templo will visit a special Buddha from jade, surrounded by green lights that make it shine
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  • If you love historical place then this is a must. This is the actual temple that Emeral Buddha was placed long time ago. Right now the Buddha is at Bangkok, the one inside is a replica. Apart from tha...  more »
  • And replica, however, so close to the channels. Information, Canada Emerald seems to be made by Chinese artists. Is in Bangkok, far, far away, only by the way, visually could hardly lie to the near here, can be seen. One replica, although originally stood here. This is a good place and you calm down, almost no one.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • Very friendly staff. And temple also has a great small museum.

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