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

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Pay a visit to the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Located in the precincts of the Grand Palace, the temple houses an emerald Buddha statue carved from semi-precious green stone and covered in gold--deemed to be the palladium (protective image) of Thailand. The surrounding buildings, sculptural forms, and murals complement the regal and spiritual atmosphere of the room in which the Buddha is kept. Take time to wander the grounds, a great place to get lost in. Our Bangkok online trip builder makes visiting Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and other Bangkok attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • First off, a clarification: the Buddha in question is actually made of jasper, not emerald. That doesn’t make the sight any less impressive, though. The level of detail is incredible and the beauty of...  more »
  • This site is within the grand Palace. Expect thousands of people with no shoes to crowd into a small space with you... hence the smell!! They are very strict about photography. Your shoes must be left...  more »
  • The whole thing is located on the grounds of the Royal Palace. The space is great and praying Buddhists sit anywhere. Photos are not allowed. Be sure to look at!
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  • A bit of a tourist trap. 500 baht entry for both grand palace and temple. Dress code is very strict - no sarongs for men and women cannot wear wraps over there shoulders (must be another shirt or cardigan). Guards weren't too friendly and very hot in the grounds. Spent 1 hour looking at both the temple, palace and museum dedicated to his majesty. A guide or signs with information would have been valuable, otherwise not much you can learn on your own. We got there at 8.45 and it was already getting busy - recommend getting in as early as possible. Gates open at 8.30.
  • Peaceful time and Wisdom ... thanks for all the time I have been in Thailand. Learn lots from the monks. To the ones I hurt, pardon me. For I didn’t know that I had Once, I did not live to truth Oh! What I knew little about life Had all ambitions, but none in peace A sinful lifestyle in the deep abyss Pardon me for I was a liar A cheater, unfaithful, coward, and injustice And all sorts of deceiver in life Be famous and well known by man To sell myself to the darkness pride Of one I despised and became one You suffered for my own pleasure joy. Till I see True Path of Light Pardon me my Father, mother, and siblings Pardon me, my poor friends of life, I used you to become well known Unfaithful the love you trust in me A coward and injustice to your works A cheater to the passion we had And all deceived, pardon me my friends Now, I know the truth of life The secret one is who TO SERVE First, live and be true to yourself Then observe with optimistic on the outcome Serve the one in needs with equality Then repent the temptations of the world To validate ourselves in hope for others With peace in an eternally with all Pardon me to the ones I hurt Now, continue with journey of Glorious Hope ... - Dedicated to my monk's friend in life -
  • More pricey than the other surrounding attractions (500 baht versus 100), but the price of admission also gets you into the Grand Palace area which is nice. A Bangkok must-see, I personally enjoyed this part much more than the Grand Palace. The architecture is intricate and beautiful and it's a much bigger area than it looks from the outside. Note pants are required for entry - on a super hot day I recommend wearing shorts for the trek and slipping over elephant pants before you enter. You can buy them anywhere around Bangkok for 100 baht.
  • Three Bows to Buddha! The temple is located inside the Grand Palace, the fastest time to get in is 8:30 a.m. The temple is built in Sri Lanka style and has the Jade Buddha(the first national treasure of Thailand) in the main temple. Even if you are not a Buddhist, it is a good idea to visit the main temple and offer three bows to Buddha. If you want to offer something(such as water, flowers, and incense) to Buddha, you must purchase the offering in advance before entering. It is also a good idea to visit in the morning because there are many group tourists. Sometimes it is not possible to visit this temple if a national event is held, so be sure to check the information before you visit it.
  • 500baht if you’re a tourist. Free if you’re Thai. Beautiful grounds and interesting history. A very large sight to cover but many places to sit if you tire easily. Very photogenic. I think it’s a must see if you’re a tourist for the first time. I maybe wouldn’t go again just because of the crowds.
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