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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 via mobile

This was my third visit to this exquisite temple. This time it was more crowded than before. One could barely see the 14th century Emerald Buddha. But it was a joy to see the beautiful stupas, statues and the temple complex within the Grand Palace.

Reviewed 2 days ago

The outside of the building is decorated very ornately. I was surprised that we actually could go inside the building. I had read somewhere that we could not see the Emerald Buddha...so I was really pleased to see it. Just the whole Grand Palace -...More

Thank forshara
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is beautiful but far too busy and over crowded with tour groups. So many other wonderful sites in Bangkok that this one can be given a miss. I visited this place with a family for a photography session. It was so difficult to...More

Thank Natasha G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really amazing and beautiful place and in my opinion the most spectacular places in bangkok. It is located inside of grand palace area. You must wear long pants and your shirt also must have sleeve. Don't trust people outside of place and around the square...More

Thank ShahinAShahi
Reviewed 3 days ago

An interesting place to visit but having to buy long pants and possibly shirts (if your shoulders are bare) before entry, is a money grab. Be aware of hustlers outside the Temple who want to tell you it is Buddha's birthday and the place is...More

1  Thank mussongary
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is one of Bangkok's great treasures. We arrived at opening time and got a ticket quickly, joining hundreds of mainly Chinese tourists. This temple is magnificent and adorned with beautiful colors Be sure to grab an English map and overview as it will help...More

1  Thank EC13091
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the best architectural design. You will be amazed to see this temple. So beautiful. It's very close to Grand Palace. Half day tour is enough to cover both the spots.

1  Thank TrailBlazer106476
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Another stunning temple in bangkok. In the grounds of the royal palace, so easy to find. Make sure you cover up all limbs appropriately.

Thank MrsBsTravels
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The temple is very beautiful. We took a guide to tell us about the Buddha and the temple. You have to were shirts with sleeves and pants or long skirts. Before entering the temple. The rules are very strict.

Thank Marilyn R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Must see sight in Bangkok. The added bonus is the royal palace as well. We had a guide which made it really useful to understand the history.

Thank dilip j
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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
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11 July 2018|
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Response from Ron H | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest the reclining Buddha would be better time spent.
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