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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  • If you're interested in temples and a bit of history, you may enjoy this temple. You've probably heard of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. It's the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand. Wa...  more »
  • Elegant temple, beautifully kept. Had been to so many temples however everyone had something which was distinctive. This temple portrayed very detailed architecture.  more »
  • I visited here while it was pouring rain, so I probably didn't have the best experience, but it was definitely a different visit from other temples. There are other attractions in walking distance, so...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very friendly staff. And temple also has a great small museum.
  • 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..
  • Great historical temple where, according to the history, the Emerald Buddha (which is now at the Grand Palace) was found after a lightning strike to the chedi exposed it. There is now a replica made of jade from Canada at the temple which was commissioned by the Queen Mother - you can get up close and take a picture of this one! Don't miss out on the museum located to the left which houses many artifacts which were donated to the temple. There is a booklet guide available which you can take with you as you tour the museum which tells you what you are seeing.
  • Very peaceful temple. Less tourist means not crowded.