Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Bangkok

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Pay a visit to the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand at Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Located in the precincts of the Grand Palace, the temple houses an emerald Buddha statue carved from semi-precious green stone and covered in gold--deemed to be the palladium (protective image) of Thailand. The surrounding buildings, sculptural forms, and murals complement the regal and spiritual atmosphere of the room in which the Buddha is kept. Take time to wander the grounds, a great place to get lost in. Our Bangkok online trip builder makes visiting Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and other Bangkok attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This temple has an area intended for Thai in prayer, then the clothing of men and women at the entrance of the Gran Palace. I couldn't use a scarf to cover my shoulders, to get in I had to buy a shirt. I'm glad my husband and son were long pants.
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  • A must for any Thailand holiday, beautiful and well maintained monument in central Bangkok. Very many visitors, but well distributed in the area.
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  • Be sure to get there when they open!!! Actually before they open, so your the 1st in line and it's a very pleasant experience. Follow the dress code! Scarfs around ladies shoulders are not permitted, I was turned away the 1st time I tried to go and that was late in the day. The afternoon was insanely busy, people shoulder to shoulder pushing through...Get there earlier! Once your in, it is breathtaking! Sounds of chimes and birds, golden temples, mirrors and all the beauty pour out while you walk. I'm so grateful for this experience.
  • Fascinating place! It was my first encounter with Thai cultural heritage. Entering here was like travelling back in time 1000 years. Magical place. There's no point to describe it. You have to see and feel it.
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