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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  • Large temple on the north side of the city, the Buddha and Buddhist Museum of the Emerald Buddha and the grounds free of charge and it is nice because you can see the temple is surrounded by green.
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  • Came here for an hour early morning. The museum building, as well as the main building (red, at the back) are spectacular and very educational. The emerald Buddha is gorgeous and definite must see whe...  more »
  • Museum was well done and provided a booklet to read on all the artifacts. Very clean, peaceful and easy to access. 
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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.