Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

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Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Bangkok Reviews

paullovestrek paullove…
5 reviews
Sacred and great sense of peace Nov 03, 2014
Before you come, please wear a shirt with sleeves and long pants or long skirt. NO SHORTS OR SLEEVELESS SHIRT..not even if you wear a shawl over your sleeveless top. It's prohibited. They are very strict. You may wear sandals but yo need to remove them once inside. Regarded the most holiest and significant Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. No one is allowed near the Buddha except the KING. You may kneel and say a prayer in front of the Emerald Buddha. I felt thankful after seeing the Buddha in person.
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sugarose sugarose
72 reviews
pricier than other attractions but a must see Oct 09, 2011
Significantly more expensive than other attractions in Bangkok but this is definitely a must see for temple visitors. The golden emerald buddha is a beauty as are the guardians of the gates and every other exterior decor. The emerald buddha though tiny attracts quite a crowd. Although the entrance is expensive(four times price than that for a thai local) it is worth it because the grounds are well mantained with signs in both thai and english and the tickets lets you into other attractions such as the vimanek mansion and of course grand palace which is in same grounds.

It is an icon of thailand particularly of bangkok therefore it is a neccesary pilgrimage. For the non thai non buddhist visitor i think it provides somewhat of a cultural background as well as a religious appreciation. The only downside was the crowd which prevented me from fully enjoying the place.

Also make sure to dress appropiately although i made sure to wear long pants i wore a tank top and attempted to put a pashmina around my shoulders. It did not fly you need to wear something with sleeves. Bottom line. No shorts and no tank tops.
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kimberIy kimberIy
3 reviews
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Mar 05, 2011
I loved this place, not as commercialized as grand palace, 7 times cheaper entrance fee! It has the row of more than 100 coins holders to drop cents in there as you go by. And i got better pictures, i think?! ;p
entrance to emerald buddha temple
50thb entrance fee, 7 times cheape…
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kimberIy says:
me too! fun!
Posted on: Mar 06, 2011
Kurisu says:
I especially liked the 100 coin holders :-)
Posted on: Mar 06, 2011
Ramsy Ramsy
8 reviews
Wat Phra Kaew Jul 21, 2011
The grand palace of Rama I contains various architectural diversities like european and chinese. Usually you'll get there within half an hour. Depending where you are in Bangkok and how busy the traffic is.

To get there :

1. By bus: No 8, No 12

2. By boat: Chao Phraya River Express (disembark at Tha Chang)

3. Tuk tuk or Taxi: mention Wat Phra Kaew or the adresse Thanon Na Phra Lan (costs about 100/ 200 baht)

Open: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm daily

Admission: 200 ฿ per person (foreigner); Free for Thai people

Dress code: knees and shoulders covered.

When entering the temple, be sure to take off your shoes. This goes for all the royal temples in Thailand. Except the ruins.

Most of the architecture is covered in gold (leaf gold). Very pretty sight.

It's best if you take a Thai guide to show you around and tell you the history.

The change of guard is nice to see as well. Those guys need to stand still for 2 hours before being relieved of duty.
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maineart maineart
5 reviews
Wonderful area Jul 23, 2011
My advice would be to hire a guide to show you all the Temples in and around Bangkok. It's the only way to see most of the Temples. I was able to see the Temples with a personal guide so I wouldn't miss places I'm not familiar with.
JinnieTham JinnieTh…
1 reviews
Ancient Temple Mar 07, 2011
It's relax place to go for even visit but you also can pray. Do not expect much then you will be happy to be there. Personally, I love to go and bring the book to read there as of the calm feeling you would get.
realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
An absolute must-see. Aug 19, 2009
It was the first thing I saw when I arrived to Thailand.

The Wat Phra Kaew is also called "The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is considered the most sacred temple in all Thailand. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful and important sightseeing of Bangkok. Going to Bangkok and not visiting the Wat Phra Kaew is like going to Paris and not visiting the Eifel Tower.

I needed more than 2 hours to visit the whole structure. Wonderful. Such beautiful and colorful buildings I hade never seen before. I was taking picture everywhere. And the atmosphere inside was so magic.

I still wonder why it is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site…
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok
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realrv6 says:
You r right. 100%.
It's a wonderful place.
Posted on: Feb 28, 2011
Vipin says:
really beautiful statue inside, it's such a must-see place in BKK (oh, and KSR area too!)
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011
Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Just Amazing . Aug 25, 2008
Personal I believe this temple is the most important must see in Bangkok .

It's really glamourous and so beautiful with many temples and statues .

The gold shine so much and the particularity on the statues are unique .

It's very big the temple of emerald Buddha and takes long time to see all of it , together with the grand palace , both of them in the some complex .

The colors are swankily and gives you a perfect color tone .

Also many museums in the Grand palace for the army,costumes and jeweleries .

As always I say one photo thousand of words :)

Recommended unconditionally !
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56 reviews
Wat Phra Kaew Sep 28, 2007
No trip to Thailand is complete without visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (or Wat Phra Kaeo, which ever spelling your prefer). I think I've visited this one 4-5 times already. And every time I go there, a different area is undergoing restoration, which is a good thing.

Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace and surrounded by a mile-long wall, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the world's most spectacular holy places. Within it's walls are the finest examples of Buddhist architecture, paintings and sculpture in Thailand.

The highlight of the site is the Emerald Buddha itself, housed inside a magnificent bot whose walls are decorated with late Ayuthaya-style murals depicting the life of the Buddha and Buddhist cosmology. Despite being just over 2 feet tall, the Emerald Buddha is one of Thailand's most sacred. It is covered in a costume that is changed three times a year depending on the season. The changing of the costume is an important ritual performed by the King. The two sets of costumes not used are kept on display at the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Thai Coins just near the entrance to the Temple.

The surrounding areas are equally magnificent. The inside walls of the compound are decorated with murals that depict the entire Ramakien. The 178 scenes begins at the north gate and continuing clockwise.

There are also several monuments on the temple grounds. The most interesting of which are the three pagodas to the immediate north of the ubosoth, the Phra Si Ratana Chedi, and the Phra Mondop, a library built in Thai style by Rama I.

Other points of interest within the compound are The Royal Pantheon, open only to the public for one day in October to commemorate the founding of the Chakri dynasty; a miniature Angkor Wat constructed by King Mongkut; the black stone statue of a hermit, considered a patron of medicine; and a number of elephant statues that web rubbed on the head is believed to good luck - notice how smooth they are from being touched.
welcome to the wat!
Phra Si Ratana Chedi
behind me is the Phra Si Ratana Ch…
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Eric says:
Great review!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2009
jaaf jaaf
14 reviews
Nov 03, 2007
Thailand’s majestic Grand Palace sits high above the city Bangkok. Constructed in the 18th century during the reign of King Rama I, the palace is an outstanding example of the blending of classic Thai architecture with more modern Western styles. Although the Grand Palace has not been used as a royal residence for many years, it still serves as a site for important events, including royal coronations. Visitors who venture inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or who tour the model Angkor Wat are guaranteed a spiritual experience.

Wat Phra Kaeo (Chapel of Emerald Buddha) is a treasure house of Thai arts, and houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Three main buildings inside the temple which form up a glittering scene are the

Golden Stupa, enshrining the relics of the Buddha, the Phra Mondop or the Library, housing the Tripitaka or a Buddhist scripture, the Royal Pantheon which is a pavilion used for keeping statues of deceased kings of Chakri dynasty. Besides, the 178 section mural paintings which depict the story of the Ramayana are the superb masterpiece of Rattanakosin
tazmania tazmania
17 reviews
Aug 20, 2005
Wat Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha Temple which generally known to the Thais as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. Wat Phra Kaew temple is the most important and sacred temple so you're expected to act with due respect inside it.Therefore, visitors who would like to visit The Grand Palace should wear polite dresses

- wear long pants or a long skirt. Nothing that shows the knee. Capri-length trousers are probably ok.

- wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and arms at least to the elbow. No tanks, or short sleeves.

- Sandles (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.

Wat Phra Kaew 's open everyday from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m.

Admission fee is 250 Baht each (tickets sold until 15.30 p.m.), and includes admission to Vimanmek Mansion Museum ( The world's largest golden teakwood mansion )on the same ticket.

DO NOT be deterred from coming here by touts or tuk-tuk drivers telling you on the street that the Palace is closed!!!
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