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  • Address: Na Phra Lan Road
  • Hours: Open daily from 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Admission: 500 baht

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace in the Old City area of Bangkok, it houses the sacred Phra Kaew Morakot (Emerald Buddha) image, which was carved from a single block of jade.

Raised high up on a giant platform, the Emerald Buddha resides in the temple’s main building. The much-revered statue, which sits in a classic meditating position, dates back to the 15th century and, according to legend, originated in India where it was prophesied that it would bring prosperity to any country in which it resides.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha also features a model of Angkor Wat, which was constructed under the orders of King Rama IV during the Siamese control of Cambodia. The temple itself is ornately decorated with intricate carvings and golden inlays, and despite the inevitable crowds, it manages to maintain a distinct sense of peace about it.

Practical Info

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located within the Grand Palace complex in the Old City area of Bangkok. All visitors must adhere to a strict dress code upon entering the complex; no short pants, short skirts, or sleeveless t-shirts are permitted. As with most temples, shoes must be removed before entering, and feet must never be pointed in the direction of a holy shrine, such as the Emerald Buddha.

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Bangkok Night Tour By Bike

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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Ask anyone who has been to Bangkok what their 'must see' list of the city entails, and without fail they'll include The Grand Palace. This half-day ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour, Bangkok, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour

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Enjoy the best highlights of Bangkok on this Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal small group tour. Escape the Bangkok traffic and board a longtail boat for a ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun, Bangkok, Full-day Tours
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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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On this sightseeing tour of Bangkok's canals (or khlongs, as they are known locally) you will travel by a motorized boat on the Chao Phraya River to see the ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok, ... 
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Experience Thailand like a local, by giving alms to Buddhist monks! This 5-hour tour includes a visit to Bangkok’s largest flower market and a comprehensive ...  Read more

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