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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Na Phralan Road, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
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    part of the Royal Palace complex in old town Bangkok, so if you see one you'll see the other. Make sure to make it a stop on your itinerary - it is glittering gold and spectacular. The Emerald Buddha Temple is the holiest temple in Thailand, and you will see Thai people doing offerings here and praying to the Buddha. The buddha image itself is small, but sits atop a magnificent golden throne - it is really amazing. The surrounding buildings and complex are also incredible. Your trip will be enhanced by using a guide who can explain to you the importance of the structures, their meanings, and the history of the Emerald Buddha and Thai Buddhism. Without a guide, they are just a lot of beautiful buildings - still cool to see, but you won't have the same understanding and appreciation of the significance of this site. At the very least, there is a museum in the complex so you can read a few signs about it.

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    Amazing and by far the highlight of the Grand Palace. You can't take pictures inside but you can snap a picture of it from the outside. Learn about the different outfits the Buddha wears for the different seasons.

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    Amazing temple complex, impressive details on walls and sculpures. Remarcable colours and energy!

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    Emerald buddha is really small and your not allowed to take photos, so a little disappointing, especially considering the hype! Still a beautiful temple though.

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    If you are working from a checklist of things to do then this one is an absolute. The temple is wonderful and the Buddha's clothes change seasonly.

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    Beautiful temple structures here, including more gold-plated Buddha statues than you can shake a stick at. Very crowded with tourists, but worth it.

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    Wat Phra Kaew is considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located on the grounds of the Grand Place, this is an attraction on its own. The 15th century Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha) housed here, was carved from a single piece of jade. The Buddha is dressed in robes, which are changed by the king in an important ritual, three times a year, and represent summer, winter and rainy seasons. You must dress appropriately to enter the temple. You can rent baggy trousers, on site, to wear over your clothes, if needed. If you like the trousers, you can find them for sale all over town.

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    Worth a visit!One of the best attraction in Bangkok inside the Grand Palace. The emerald buddha has been brought in Bangkok from Lanna empire, according to a legend. Depending by the season, monks "wear" the buddha with clothes to protect him.

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    Gorgeous Temple located next to the Grand Palace! The entrance to Grand Palace will get you tickets to see the Emerald Buddha which is 500 Baht ($16 USD). Few tips on this place, plan to spend at least 1 hour at the Grand Palace/Emerald Buddha. Cover up, no legs and shoulders allowed, if you forget, they allow you to borrow clothing for a 200 ($6 USD) Baht deposit. So do not borrow clothes from anyone outside the temple, they will charge you I think 30-50 Baht. This place closes around 3pm so try to put this first on your list, the other temples close around 4-5pm.

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    Stunning must see inside the Grand Palace. The statue changes outfits with the seasons so gives you something interesting to look for if you visit multiple times. Take a little time to sit and enjoy the temple. Packed with tourists but the details are stunning if you take the time to look and you might as well enjoy a bit of shade.

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    Beautiful and ornate temple. The Buddah is actually made of green Nephrite, not emerald. Its not huge, but it is beautiful, and supposedly was originally created in india more than 2000 years ago.

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    The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is an awesome, majestic temple. It's definitely one of the most decadent temples I've ever been to. As an important note, men and women, please dress modestly. Otherwise you'll have to wear an additional layer of clothing and it's not fun walking around in layers when it's hot and humid outside.

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    The Temple of The Emerald Buddha also known as Wat Phra Keaw is the most magnificent temple in Bangkok. It's the Bangkok's landmark and do not miss place if you visit Bangkok.

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    Situated in the royal palace , I think you need a special ticket to access this temple. The main attraction of the temple is a jade made Buddha statue maybe 50cm high. Really nice.

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    Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Beware of the heat, you will likely get burns. Don't wear shorts or miniskirts or anything too revealing. But if you can't help yourself, you can pay extra for something to cover you up. You can also hire guides to take you around, they offer them in multiple languages, like English, Spanish and Japanese. If you come to Bangkok, here is the place you just CAN'T miss

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    Wat Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha Temple is the most important and sacred temple so you're expected to act with due respect inside it.Therefore, visitors who would like to visit The Grand Palace should wear polite dresses

    - wear long pants or a long skirt. Nothing that shows the knee. Capri-length trousers are probably ok.

    - wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and arms at least to the elbow. No tanks, or short sleeves.

    - Sandles (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.

    Wat Phra Kaew 's open everyday from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m.

    Admission fee is 400 Baht each (tickets sold until 15.30 p.m.), and includes admission to Vimanmek Mansion Museum ( The world's largest golden teakwood mansion ) on the same ticket.

    DO NOT be deterred from coming here by touts or tuk-tuk drivers telling you on the street that the Palace is closed!!!

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    Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must see if in Bangkok. There is a pictured story on the outer walls of the compound that tells a great story, if you have the time, walk the entire perimeter and understand the story as most Bangkok children are introduced to it. Also, the actual Emerald Buddha is much smaller then I thought it would be. However it is made out of pure Emerald, so very expensive! I hear that the buddha has different clothes on depending on the season.

    Side Note - There is only one entrance, but at some of the side gates that are protected by guards, there are con men that will try to trick you into thinking its closed for a couple hours in order to get you to go on their buddy's boat tour down the street. And of course there is a TukTuk right their to take you. Don't be fooled!

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    Hot as heck here... Even inside where the Buddha is... It's pretty and you can "wai" (pray) and get your fortune read with the fortune sticks. Have your tour guide tell you how to do that... I'm Thai. I just know.

    Here are the rules of the temple (all of it, not just where the Buddha is)...
    You CANNOT show leg... wear pants. I know it's hot. But do it. Or at least a long skirt ladies. No knees.
    They have clothes for you to rent in the front if you forget. I say, bring a long dress wrap and use it as a dress to cover up.
    Also... NO shoulders. So no tank tops. Must have sleeves.
    Remove your shoes before entering.
    Donate some baht to the cause.
    Don't ever point your feet towards the Buddha.

    Overall... it's a major tourist attraction that's beautiful.

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    When I took my mom here she didn't even realize that it was the Emerald Buddha Temple until after we left.

    Mom: I want to go to Emerald Buddha Temple!
    Me: We already went, mom.
    Mom: When?
    Me: It was that one temple, with the green Buddha on the pedstal.
    Mom: That was it?! It was so small!

    Yes, the Buddha itself is fairly small and can be easily overlooked if you don't know what you're looking at. However, the story behind the Buddha is fascinating. And while I won't go into details here, there have been many wars fought over that Buddha. So educate yourself , check it out and take in the beauty that is the Emerald Buddha.

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Bangkok's main tourist attraction, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is considered the most sacred in the country. Elevated above the floor, the Buddha statue claims a lofty enough status that only the king is allowed to touch it. He changes its clothing three times a year, and the ceremony is widely viewed as necessary for the country's good fortunes. With all of the gold-plated guardian statues and opulence inside the temple, sometimes people are surprised that the statue is so small. Like everywhere else in Thailand, it's compulsory to remove your shoes before entering a temple and be sure to never point the soles of your feet towards an image of the Buddha.

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Aliases: Wat Phra Kaew