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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
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Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our guide said that you hadn’t been to Bangkok if you didn’t visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It was very impressive and well worth a visit. Be prepared for crowds!

Thank Sue1951
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came late in the afternoon about an hour before close and it was extremely busy and very hot. Architecture was awesome definitely something to see, suggest trying to go in early morning to avoid rush hour issues later in the day. Pants and shirts covering...More

Thank CelticCanadian
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the Emerald Buddha during a days tour of Bangkok, worth a visit and steeped in history, our tour guide was Korn from Amazing Asia Tours

Thank LizT172
Reviewed 3 days ago

Found this one whilst getting lost getting out of the Grand Palace. There is something so peaceful about this place that it is quite difficult to put into words. A must!!

Thank 1Domino70
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Unbelievable beauty! This was the first Thai Buddhist temple I've ever seen and it's just jaw-dropping. It must be visited before any other temples in Bangkok, otherwise your impressions will be not so strong.

Thank Volodymyr N
Reviewed 4 days ago

This temple, along with the Grand Palace, is a must when in Bangkok. As a Thai, I have to pay this temple a visit each time I am back home. Avoid massive crowd and noisy Chinese tourists on the weekends and make your visit on...More

Thank Jon D
Reviewed 5 days ago

The buildings of this temple are incredible, if your are into architecture or art of just a travel fanatic, these temples are definitely a must see.

Thank Lori C
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is an eye opener to see such a beautiful piece of art on display at the temple. It is a wonderful temple for all Buddhist practitioners to pay their respect. It is a must visit for all tourists to Bangkok.

Thank U5860CPgeorgeh
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're in Bangkok, spare a couple of hours to visit this temple. Observing some simple recommendations, you'll be skipping some huge troubles. Here are a few.. First things first, you have to have proper clothing while visiting any temple anywhere in the world. Check...More

1  Thank SprtsLibertatis
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very beautiful Buddhha temple that is located inside teh Grand Palace. There is some restrictions in terms of what clothes you should wear to visit the temple

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this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off
their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most
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11 July 2018|
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Response from Kathryn F | Reviewed this property |
You can do both the Grand Palace grounds which also has the temple with the Emerald Buddha (most special) and Wat Pho which has the Reclining Buddha and the Thai Massage School. Both are close and beautiful. Crowds at the... More
22 March 2018|
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Response from AhuvafromTX | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the earlier you can go, the better. You want to avoid both the crowds and the heat. This location also closes early. They stop selling tickets at 3:30, I believe, and close at 4. You can't get a tuk tuk inside this... More
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20 March 2018|
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Response from Rachel H | Reviewed this property |
It is a massive temple complex. To walk around the entire place and soak it in and appreciate, I’d say 2-3 hrs. (The Grand Palace is there as well, but there is nothing to go into; only walk past it) Get there for when it... More