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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

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Address: Na Phra Lan Road | Phra Borom Maha Rajawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued...

Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

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Emerald Buddha

A must see destination. Photography is prohibited as Buddha is God. Follow the cultural and religious restrictions. Too crowded at times, but patience pays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see destination. Photography is prohibited as Buddha is God. Follow the cultural and religious restrictions. Too crowded at times, but patience pays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very crowded and hard to walk. It was a very hot day the day we were there thus, it made it quite difficult.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The "emerald" Buddha is actually made from emerald green jade. They drape the figure in robes matching the season. The architecture of the complex in which the statue resides represents the best of Thai building. Be aware it is often very crowded with visitors. No shorts or short skirts, and tops must have sleeves. You will also be required to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's an amazing place! the colors, the work to decorate that place. The gold color in the buildings gives an even more beautiful image of that place. You must to visit this place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I long time visited here but this moment Thai people have to come as to pay respect to King Rama9 no bothering if long queue is lined up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I believe that the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the highlight of the Royal Palace Complex. Having traveled extensively throughout the world I am accustomed to seeing beautiful temples with detailed decorations. However, this temple, far, far, far exceeded any other temple or building that I have seen in terms of the extent and intricacy of the decoration and... More 

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I like the place as it is well decorated with traditional and religious aspects. People from around the world try to witness the beauty of the place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Quiet and peaceful. This is a place of religion for Thais so you should be respectful: Don't forget the sarong and no-shorts for women.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What would strike you is the dedication needed to make and maintain such a complex site. look for the details in the engravings and drawings. Try to be silent and peaceful, specially inside the temples.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this temple. She is as big / tall as a building. A "must see" place if in Thailand. Just remember any temple must be short sleeve and pant past knee.

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While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok, it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.
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