Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
4.5
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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  • BTS1972
    Munich, Germany3,480 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable - a class of its' own
    This temple is ornamented in a way that leaves every Spanish or Mexican cathedral look like a naked garage. Every inch is decorated with details, which must have cost a fortune. The small smaragd statue (about 15 inches high) is the center of devotion inside. Actually, the temple is the major attraction of the palast complex. While THB 500 is quite an entrance fee for Thai proportions, it is definitely worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia835 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful to visit with a tour guide.
    If you only have time for one temple on your tour of Bangkok, then this is the temple to see. We visited the temple with a tour guide. This was particularly helpful to understanding the significance and proper etiquette when visiting the temple. Also, we were "fast tracked" past long lines of tourists waiting to enter the temple.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Llorente
    Madrid, Spain4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    very beautiful
    We came to Thailand for the first time with my wife and had a chance to visit Wat Phra Kaew, it's really beautiful. I have never seen such a beautiful building. Envy Thai people with a good culture and beauty, we fell in love here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early, make sure you are dressed properly
    Best to get there at opening time, as it gets busier throughout the morning. Make sure you are dressed properly and follow the rules with what you can and cannot take in, etc. Enjoy the experience and space, it is stunning.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Fang H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A splendid place to visit
    This place is a magnificent collection of ancient Thai architecture, boasting splendid structures that are truly awe-inspiring. Visitors will be captivated by the vibrant and diverse array of colorful statues, making it a photographer's paradise. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting during holidays, as the crowds can be overwhelming.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 September 2023
  • rc6691
    San Diego, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glistening in the sun. Be respectful.
    What a sight. Glistening in the sun with milllions of tiny pieces of tile and glass mosaic. Well worth the visit to see the outside … but the inside is just as impressive with the Emerald Buddha in the center of the room. This is a working/real temple. Be respectful of those praying and no photos. Read the signs before going in (example: sit like a mermaid and don’t point feet at the Buddha, etc). We love these cultural gems from around the world. Thank you for sharing with those of us from other cultures and countries 😉
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Sugar Cane
    Hat Yai, Thailand11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but...all people so many people
    The emerald buddha is so tiny and you probably get like 5 minutes to see it. The real highlights are all outside. A mix of Chinese, Indian and a little western influenced architecture and sculpture. Interesting mixture of beliefs in this place, I can see Buddhist, Hinduism, Chinese Gods and thai mythical creatures exist together. The wall painting is fun to see if you knew a briefly story of Ramayana, basically it is a fight between human god and ape god, these two have a beef because the ape god try to steal human god's wife and there comes a fight between both of their henchmen. Hope you have a good time here!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 December 2023
  • hemismom
    Campbellville, Canada215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    Clean, busy and stunning, an absolute must see! We went in the morning as the afternoon would’ve been too hot. We did the audio tour, which was interesting, but the paper sheet map wasn’t that great and it’s so busy there I would skip it. I would recommend either a tour guide or read up about it before you go.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
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Lola186525
Edinburgh, UK222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Take a guided tour - there I a so much to see, do and learn. You need to have shoulders and knees covered and take off your shoes and hats.
Written 19 February 2024
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hemismom
Campbellville, Canada215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Clean, busy and stunning, an absolute must see! We went in the morning as the afternoon would’ve been too hot. We did the audio tour, which was interesting, but the paper sheet map wasn’t that great and it’s so busy there I would skip it. I would recommend either a tour guide or read up about it before you go.
Written 31 January 2024
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Adhina
South Africa110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Really stunning visually and beautifully maintained. However it was very disappointing that my husband could not come in due to his shorts, we had come straight from Wat Arun and did not have an issue there so did not expect the long pants dress code. They did sell elephant pants but for alot more than on the street and this would be above the 500 bhat entrance fee. Still beautiful though.....
Written 16 January 2024
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foodie
Xi'an, China16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
Beautiful place must visit place go inside temple and do some meditation!!! I sit and did 30 min meditation , don’t wanted to leave the place but there are so many people so had to leave !
Written 8 January 2024
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Pillars and walls are intricate, luminous and well decorated. Murals are well painted. Statues are bright.
Written 5 January 2024
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Sugar Cane
Hat Yai, Thailand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The emerald buddha is so tiny and you probably get like 5 minutes to see it. The real highlights are all outside. A mix of Chinese, Indian and a little western influenced architecture and sculpture. Interesting mixture of beliefs in this place, I can see Buddhist, Hinduism, Chinese Gods and thai mythical creatures exist together. The wall painting is fun to see if you knew a briefly story of Ramayana, basically it is a fight between human god and ape god, these two have a beef because the ape god try to steal human god's wife and there comes a fight between both of their henchmen. Hope you have a good time here!
Written 31 December 2023
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Aleksandra M
Warsaw, Poland89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Temple and its surroundings worth visiting if you're in Bangkok. Beautiful architecture and colours.
Written 27 December 2023
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king Bean
New York City, NY21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Temple visit was amazing our guide Tada made us feel comfortable
our tour had everything we imagined
Will definitely recommend to everyone
Bangkok is safe clean friendly city
Written 19 December 2023
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This temple and the surrounding grand palace are the absolute highlight of any visit to Bangkok. The temple itself is highly impressive with its gold facade, and surrounding it are corridors filled with beautiful murals. It's just a very beautiful area with a huge number of opportunities for photos. The temple itself housing the emerald buddha: you can tell it is a very holy and highly revered place.
Written 3 December 2023
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rc6691
San Diego, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
What a sight. Glistening in the sun with milllions of tiny pieces of tile and glass mosaic. Well worth the visit to see the outside … but the inside is just as impressive with the Emerald Buddha in the center of the room. This is a working/real temple. Be respectful of those praying and no photos. Read the signs before going in (example: sit like a mermaid and don’t point feet at the Buddha, etc). We love these cultural gems from around the world. Thank you for sharing with those of us from other cultures and countries 😉
Written 3 November 2023
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