Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Chiang Rai

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Regarded as the most important of all Buddhist temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) annually draws tens of thousands of tourists from all over the globe. Experience the spiritual atmosphere of this sanctuary and admire its outstanding architecture and golden sculptures. The temple houses a notable 14th-century statuette called the "Emerald Buddha," a 66 cm (26 in) tall artwork carved from jade. Dress respectfully when visiting this sacred place, making sure your legs, arms, and torso remain covered at all times. Add Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) to your Chiang Rai travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chiang Rai vacation site .
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  • Most people skip Chaing Rai, even though the most beautiful smaller temples in Thailand are there. They are not small, but they are not massive like some of the ones in Bangkok and Chaing Mai. This te...  more »
  • Walk the Buddha temple or Wat pa เยี ya. Phra Aram Luang Chiang Rai Province The temple was previously enshrined by the history of the Emerald Buddha in 1977, the pagoda was collapsed, and the Emerald Buddha was found in the Chedi, so I was invited to worship as a couple Buddha statue. City of Chiang Rai After passing through the story, the Emerald Buddha has been invited to the city of Lampang, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Krung Thonburi and Bangkok.
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  • A small temple located within the city centre of Chiang Rai, which has a long history dating back to 14 Century. Once a resting place for The Emerald Buddha before moving to its current location of The Royal Temple in Bangkok. This temple is a well-known place not just for the locals but also out-of-towners. Visitors can learn about its history through painting surround the replica of The Emerald Buddha. Although the parking space is limited but visitors can temporary park on the side street without worries. Visitors can visits this temple using city tram which would stop to tourist attraction around the city.
  • I'm very impressed with this temple. It's very very well maintained with a very beautiful and peaceful temple grounds with very lovely huge orchids. The detailed and beautifully crafted Buddha is breathtaking. The temple staff was very welcoming. A monk was even explaining the different symbolism of Buddhism. The temple has a very good museum with explanation in English. It's a very educational place of worship. I wish I had more time. I would love to listen to the monk explain the religious significance of the various objects as he spoke very good English.
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