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  • Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10200
  • Hours: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Admission: 500 baht

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Wat Phra Kaew (or Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand and is ornately decorated with intricate carvings and golden inlays. Despite the inevitable crowds that come with popularity, the temple maintains a distinct sense of peace about it.

Located within the Grand Palace grounds in Bangkok's Old City area, the site houses the sacred Phra Kaew Morakot (Emerald Buddha) statue, which was carved from a single block of jade. Raised high up on a giant platform, the much-revered Emerald Buddha statue sits in a classic meditation pose and dates back to the 15th century. According to legend, the statue 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.

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, it should be noted that shoes must be removed before entering and that feet should never be pointed in the direction of a holy shrine, such as the Emerald Buddha.

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

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

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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour, Bangkok, Full-day Tours
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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

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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra KeoTour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Full-day ... 
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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra KeoTour from Bangkok

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Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok, ... 
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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

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: 4-Hour Grand Royal Palace Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Viator Exclusive Tours
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Private Tour: 4-Hour Grand Royal Palace Tour from Bangkok

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

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Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Small Group Tour to Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Small Group Tour to Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok

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The Royal Grand Palace, one of the Bangkok’s greatest attractions. The tour include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Join this small group tour led by a ...  Read more

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

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Private Tour: Amazing Bangkok, Bangkok, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
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Private Tour: Amazing Bangkok

Spend a full-day tour seeing the major landmarks on your private tour. Stop at the Emerald Buddha Temple, The Grand Palace, and the Reclining Buddha Temple. ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Grand Palace Tour Including Emerald Buddha from Bangkok, Bangkok, Full-day Tours
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Half-Day Grand Palace Tour Including Emerald Buddha from Bangkok

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Discover the elaborate architecture and regal elegance of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, and learn about this former residence of Thailand's royalty. Explore the ...  Read more

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

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