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Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

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Address: 19 Moo 1, Tambol Wiang, Ampur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in...

This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.

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A nice stop, but..

It was nice to stop here and see another wat variation. We have seen many such variations on our travels through Thailand and this one was OK. Learning the history of Thailandand... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
TomWall60
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was nice to stop here and see another wat variation. We have seen many such variations on our travels through Thailand and this one was OK. Learning the history of Thailandand understanding the religous ethic of its people provided us with a nice view of this area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

green and pacefull place in center of the city.Really intersting history and nice museum. you sould go in there.

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. This temple had a lot of interesting information in English. Very pretty. The children enjoyed lighting candles and incense. If you like visiting temples this is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend time. Breath and sit down. Walk around and look at the art, all artworks tell a story and there are information available if you look, or ask. If not, remember that buddhist don't do missionary work. Find you own way.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple and grounds were nicely decorated, but I've seen many nicer temples in Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Worth it if you have a spare hour and you're nearby (15 min walk from the old bus station). The best part of the visit was the flowers surrounding the temple

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For me the wat was way too touristic. Thou the Buddha is interesting, I would rather prefer other wats like the wat Phra Singh and would not come back to the wat Phra kaeo

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Short walk from the hotel and that's about all I can say about it. I guess if you have seen one, you have seen them all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

According to legend, the emerald Buddha was discovered here when lightening split open a stupa. That famous Buddha is now in Bangkok, but there is a lovely emerald Buddha that was donated by Canada at this temple. The temple grounds are rather small, but the gardens and buildings are beautiful. The museum is the highlight. It too can be enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There's not much to see in Chiang Rai, and this place is worth a visit. Beautiful, clean and not overcrowded buddhist temple. Showcasing. If you haven't been to Bangkok, you can see the copy of the famous Emerald Buddha here. It's really beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The original home of the Emerald Buddha, which revered image now resides in the Royal Palace in Bangkok. The image here is a copy, but no less popular. I don't know if the image here has its clothing changed with the seasons, like that in Bangkok, but I expect it does. In 1434 CE, lightning struck the main pagoda of... More 

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