Wat Phra Kaeo
Wat Phra Kaeo
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This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
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marshaanddavid
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A very pleasant, pretty, quiet and relaxing Wat decorated in the ‘usual’ style and set in nice gardens with few visitors early in the day. Not exceptional but definitely worth a visit if you are in Chiang Rai, quite central and can be easily combined with 2 – 3 other Wats close by, within walking distance. One part of it is closed at the moment for re-decoration which offers an opportunity to the visitor as for baht 100 you can buy a roof tile and record your/family name on the back – a practical and fun contribution as there is no entrance charge. The museum is made of lovely old wood, presumably teak, and the whole place is generally well maintained. Look out for the squirrels.
Written 13 July 2023
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richj65
Chicago, IL1,734 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Originally the home of thailand's greatest architect but transferred into a museum. This is why the lack of details in the buildings but the furniture and artwork is worth the trip.
Written 20 May 2023
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pianocello
Shah Alam, Malaysia1,899 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
This is a nice quiet temple away from the hordes of tourists. There is a good museum attached to it. As it is centrally located, transport is convenient.
Written 6 March 2023
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Sanne N
Denmark201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Really nice temple with an interesting history and a lot of details on the temple walls. Not many tourists, quiet place close to city center.
Written 6 January 2023
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Lynne S
Bangkok137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Worth a 10 minute stop off to see the original home of the emerald Buddah.
Also good to see a more traditional Wat after the artistry of the Blue and White Temples.
Written 15 November 2020
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A large, very much functional Wat in the north of Chiang Rai. The map at the entrance explains the function of the various buildings in the compound, but the focal point here is the temple towards the back, housing a replica of the emerald buddha that is found at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. This one is made of Canadian Jade, so I feel a particular attachment to it. The room where the statue sits glows in a beautiful green, with beautiful murals on the surrounding walls.

Elsewhere on the site, you can observe turtles in the pond, see the tall golden Pagoda in the center of the compound, ring the temple bells. You will see many monks here, performing their daily chores or otherwise going about their business - this is their home, and you are simply a visitor, so be respectful. Towards the exit, there is a large table where you can make donations of money, either directly to the temple, or to buy robes or supplies for the monks. Since there is no entrance fee, this is a nice gesture to show appreciation for visiting.
Written 4 June 2020
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zebragorda
Zihuatanejo, Mexico277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Loved the emerald tones in this landmark. It was a very different feeling than many of the others which all look the same after a while
Written 25 March 2020
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Einon_E_Mouse
Wales, UK655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
An easy 15 minute walk from the centre of town, I personally wouldn’t use a guide or go on an organised tour - it’s quite easy to find and navigate on your own. No entry charge, but donations gratefully received. Also, photography is welcomed (without flash) - very unusual for temples. The complex is quite compact with some lovely buddhas in temples and in a small but lovely museum. Definitely worth an hour of your time.
Written 5 February 2020
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jchuii
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Very beautiful, however was very expensive entrance fee compared to other attractions and also could also see/enter the Emerald Temple, most other things was just looking from the outside, but worth seeing, beautiful
Written 3 February 2020
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Beautifully set back off the road and very pretty and quiet. Beautiful Temple and statues and a good sized Stupa. Also on the grounds is a very good museum with the visit. Did enjoy this outing.
Written 3 February 2020
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