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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  • Great temple near the Royal Palace, the visit committed a morning and is a really nice, the Emerald buddha is breathtaking but everything else is absolutely not to be underestimated, so absolutely a place to see in Bangkok
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  • Quiet place, with a few interesting stops, a couple couple of Bouddha figures, including the emerald one, and a museum dedicated to some princes riding Rama III's reign.  more »
  • Beautiful Buddha of jade. The original state in Bangkok, but this copy you can much closer. Interesting paintings on how the statue was brought to safety at the invasion of the Burmese fighters.
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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.
  • 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..

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