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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Address: Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued...

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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Another great temple to visit in Bangkok

Such temples have an undecipherable vibration. There is energy in the air to be tapped. You just have to stand or sit and meditate in front of the Buddha for a few minutes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such temples have an undecipherable vibration. There is energy in the air to be tapped. You just have to stand or sit and meditate in front of the Buddha for a few minutes.

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Varna, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You must see. Just WOW. Wonderful place. Required to visit if you are in Bangkok. Do not to be missed.Highly recommended

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This temple is nice and inside the Grand Palace complex. However, after going to Wat Pho I was underwelmed by the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

No photography is allowed in this temple but the image of the Emerald Buddha will rest with you forever! I suggest taking a seat and just gazing at it's awesome glow as the lights hit it! Simply breathtaking!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Must do in Thailand! Absolutely breath taking. Might be worth getting headset guide to understand meaning behind temples, or carefully read free brochure handout.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see destination. Photography is prohibited as Buddha is God. Follow the cultural and religious restrictions. Too crowded at times, but patience pays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very crowded and hard to walk. It was a very hot day the day we were there thus, it made it quite difficult.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The "emerald" Buddha is actually made from emerald green jade. They drape the figure in robes matching the season. The architecture of the complex in which the statue resides represents the best of Thai building. Be aware it is often very crowded with visitors. No shorts or short skirts, and tops must have sleeves. You will also be required to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's an amazing place! the colors, the work to decorate that place. The gold color in the buildings gives an even more beautiful image of that place. You must to visit this place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I long time visited here but this moment Thai people have to come as to pay respect to King Rama9 no bothering if long queue is lined up.

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While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok, it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.
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