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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) Tours

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
The spectacularly ornamented Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located within the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s Old City, a site highlight is a sacred pre–15th-century statue of the Buddha in a seated meditation pose carved from a single block of jade.

The Basics
As one of Bangkok’s biggest tourist attractions, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is included in numerous sightseeing tours. Most tours include a guided visit of the Bangkok Grand Palace, as well as options to combine the temple with a River of Kings canal cruise or a visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or Bangkok’s largest flower market. If you’re based in Hua Hin, you can see the temple and other city highlights on a day trip to Bangkok.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Emerald Buddha Temple is a must-see for spiritual travelers and first-time visitors to Bangkok.
  • The temple maintains a strict dress code: shorts, short skirts, and sleeveless t-shirts are not permitted on the temple grounds.
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
  • While the lawn and gardens of Bangkok’s Grand Palace are accessible to wheelchair users, the temple interior is not due to a series of steps leading inside.

How to Get There
To reach the Emerald Buddha Temple, take the Silom Line to Saphan Taksin Station and leave through exit 2. From there, take a boat taxi to the Tha Chang Pier near the Grand Palace main entrance.

When to Get There
To avoid the biggest crowds, plan to visit first thing in the morning or after lunch, when most tour buses have departed. Sometimes the temple closes to the public when the Grand Palace is being used for state functions.

The Buddha’s Robes
Pay attention to the robes draped over the 26-inch (66-centimeter) Emerald Buddha perched high up on its gilded shrine. At the beginning of each season, the king changes the monastic robes to suit the season: hot, rainy, or cool.
Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
Admission: 500 baht
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Bangkok

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Excellent
Michelle W
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide Cat, was amazing! She was very knowledgeable of the places we went! She even took us extra places to shop! The floating Market was exceptional! Enjoyed very much!!
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Kat was Amazing. She was...
mindyg
, Feb 2018
Kat was Amazing. She was informative, kind, not pushy. The driver Mr. Nat was also very helpful, available too. Very helpful that she knows the locals and her way around to good food. Also made it customizable since we were the only couple for the trip. IT was very comfortable, and definitely would recommend for anyone.
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A bit of a disappointment because it...
Graham B
, Jan 2018
A bit of a disappointment because it was New Year's Day and most people were on holiday

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Bangkok Temple Emerald Buddha Entrance Ticket With Hotel Transfer

Bangkok Temple Emerald Buddha Entrance Ticket With Hotel Transfer

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Visit the sacred temple Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) with the convenience of a one-way transfer from your Bangkok hotel. The most important temple in Thailand, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, and it is one of the top attractions in Bangkok. Your package includes admission ticket and hotel pickup.
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  • 3 hours
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US$50.00
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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Visit the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok on a tour that showcases the best of travelers’ ‘must-see’ list for the capital city. Taken in the morning or afternoon, this one-of-a-kind experience allows time to explore the best-known landmarks with an expert local guide. Highlights include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the Grand Palace Complex.
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  • 3 hours
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Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

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A great choice for first-time visitors to Bangkok, this tour touches on the city’s most revered temples. First, visit the Grand Palace, which was home to Thailand’s royal family until 1925. Next up: Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is considered the most important temple in Thailand. You’ll also take a boat ride to the Temple of Dawn.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$78.70
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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

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This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including Wat Arun Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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US$57.35
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Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

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Discover the best that Bangkok has to offer on this full-day private tour of the city. Visit all of the must-see attractions such as the Grand Palace, Chinatown, the vibrant flower market, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich history, religion, and culture from your informative guide as you drive around Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
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In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience

In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience

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Explore Bangkok with your very own tour guide during this full-day tour. Customize your own itinerary and visit Bangkok’s main attractions and some hidden gems. See the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, the floating market and much more and get around using the city’s incredible public transport system. Experience Bangkok like a local and discover the best the city has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
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Half Day Bangkok Grand Palace With Wat Phra Kaew

Half Day Bangkok Grand Palace With Wat Phra Kaew

Pick up time Morning Session: Pick up time: 07:00-08:00 Afternoon Session: Pick up time: 11:10-12:30 Duration: 3-4 hours Pick up at your hotel - Visit the Royal Grand Palace, one of the most important landmarks in Bangkok built in 1782. Explore the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand’s most sacred temple with the revered Emerald Buddha, and other key attractions such as the Coronation Throne Hall, Royal Reception Hall, Royal Funeral Hall, the Golden Chedi, and the Royal Pantheon. Dress Code for Grand Palace - Unsuitable clothes are Short trousers (long trousers must reach the ankles), mini skirts, culottes, tights and fisherman trousers. Sleeveless shirts and undershirts as outer garments Rolled up shirt sleeves, whether long or short Sleeping suits, see-through clothes, bare shoulders Visitors who dressed as mentioned above can borrow free clothes and shoes at the Grand Palace's changing room.
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  • 4 hours
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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

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Experience vibrant Damnern Saduak floating market on this day-long private tour of Bangkok’s most memorable sights.  Pass through dramatic rice paddies and salt fields, and meet traditional artisans on your way to the market, where vendors in wooden boats sell the fruits and vegetables they’ve brought from the countryside. After dining in this atmospheric setting, immerse yourself in Bangkok’s vivid history.  Step aboard a river boat into the heart of the city, then explore the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, considered the most sacred in Thailand.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$165.30
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Best of Bangkok: Temples & Long-tail Boat Tour with Lunch

Best of Bangkok: Temples & Long-tail Boat Tour with Lunch

Complete Bangkok's main highlights in only 1 day by exploring the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Savour some local street food for lunch and end the journey by riding a longtail boat in the canals and main Chao Phraya River. • Visit Bangkok’s must-see attractions within 1 day • Admire the beauty of the Reclining Buddha and learn the history of Wat Pho • See Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn • Try local Thai street food at Tha Tien Community • Explore Thonburi canal and Royal Barge Museum with a long tail boat
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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This private half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to an image of Buddha made up entirely of jade.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$70.84
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Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Emerald Buddha in Bangkok - Half Day Tour

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Take a small group tour of Bangkok's top attractions on this visit to the Royal Grand Palace. You'll follow an expert local guide to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Temple Wat Pho. Round-trip hotel transport is included in this tour, which offers morning or afternoon departures.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Bangkok Royal Road - Top 3 Major Monuments (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat arun)

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Visit the 3 major monuments of Bangkok in a half a day tour guided by a certified professionnal: - The Grand Palace and the Emerald buddha - Wat Pho Temple - Wat Arun Temple And go through China Town and the flower market in 1 tour only.
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Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat

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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Bangkok Airport Layover Special : Touch of Thailand 8 Hours Transit Tour

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Transit passengers who have to wait at Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang Airport between 6 to 8 hours can take a brief tour of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. This will be a better way of spending time, sight-seeing while waiting for your flight. To many, it could be the only one stop-over to this city in a very long while. Our delicate tour guide and driver will make it worth for you. Bangkok is a city of angels where happiness is scattered naturally. Our City orientation tours will take you to experience a cultural of amazing Thailand. • Explore Bangkok city during your transit • Palace, Temples, Museum • Bangkok City Sightseeing • Boat trip along the river & canals (Optional) • Shopping • Massage & Spa
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Grand Pearl Candle Lit Dinner Cruise

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Take a great experience with an enchanting dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River on the Grand Pearl. You will enjoy various Thai classical dances and a live music band on board with sumptuous Buffet dinner of Thai and International Cuisine. See Bangkok’s unique sights on a relaxing river cruise on the Chao Phraya River and enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner on board a spacious modern boat. After checking in at Bangkok’s River City Pier, you'll embark on an amazing adventure to see some of the city’s most famous attractions from a unique perspective. The brightly illuminated boat is a true sight to behold: both on water and from the shore and you will have plenty of opportunities to take incredible photos on board.
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  • 2 hours
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Grand Pearl - Luxury Dinner Cruise Experience at Bangkok with Return Transfer

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  • 4 hours
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 Horizon Dinner Cruise by Shangri-La

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  • 2 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Bangkok Walking Tour: Temples, Grand Palace & Flower Market Small Group tour

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● Benefit from a “TripGuru Signature Tour" : Curated - Solo Travel-Friendly - Small Groups (Max 9 pax per group) ● Visit all of Bangkok’s most famous temples on a guided tour ● See Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn – Bangkok's most visually striking landmark along the Chao Phraya River ● Snap photos in front of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
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  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Bangkok Airport Layover Special : Best of Thailand 4 Hours Transit Tour

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Transit passengers who have to wait at Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang Airport more than 4 hours can take a brief tour of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. This will be a better way of spending time, sight-seeing while waiting for your flight. To many, it could be the only one stop-over to this city in a very long while. Our delicate tour guide and driver will make it worth for you. Bangkok is a city of angels where happiness is scattered naturally. Our City orientation tours will take you to experience a cultural of amazing Thailand. • Explore Bangkok City During your Transit • Airport pick up & drop off by private guide • Flexible itinerary based on your preferences • Get a breath of fresh air during your layover • Experience the city to the fullest just in half day • Shopping • Massage & Spa
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  • Free Cancellation
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Explore the thriving Thai city of Bangkok with arts & collections. Thailand’s flourishing capital of Bangkok has a wealth of culture to explore. Enjoy your private day trip (Family friendly) with your dedicated Quality Thai Guide. Pick up from Bangkok's Khlong Toei port where your cruise ship disembarked. Transfer to visit the top famous attractions in Bangkok by private air conditioned vehicle.
Visit the magnificent Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) and Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple). 
Enjoy sightseeing on your private canal tour in Bangkok by long tail boat or small boat suit for elderly, view the landmark of Bangkok including Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and many beautiful temples while on the boat, 
Learn the beautiful Thai culture and history with your personal tour guide. Return to your cruise ship at Bangkok's Khlong Toei port with your tour guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) hours of operation: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 164 Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) costs USD 50.00. Guided Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) tours start around USD 50.00 per person. See all 164 Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) tickets and tours on Viator.
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