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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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Wat of the emerald Buddha

This is a great wat to check out... Where the emerald Buddha statue started...it also has a small museum and a beautiful garden

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great wat to check out... Where the emerald Buddha statue started...it also has a small museum and a beautiful garden

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A beautiful temple with lots of history. Right in the heart of Chiang Rai and walking distance from downtown.

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for an hour early morning. The museum building, as well as the main building (red, at the back) are spectacular and very educational. The emerald Buddha is gorgeous and definite must see when in Chiang Rai, especially if you have seen the original in Bangkok. There is, however, construction ongoing in the complex so it was inconvenient to... More 

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Lake Country, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum was well done and provided a booklet to read on all the artifacts. Very clean, peaceful and easy to access.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was beautiful but overcrowded. Difficult to get the pictures you would want without bothering people who were praying. Definitely worth a visit but be prepared to spend some time if you want good photos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small temple housing a small jade Buddha. This is significant temple best known for originally housing the emerald Buddha in 13th century. Interesting paintings on the wall depicting the emerald's journey over the centuries. Some beautiful orchids flowering in grounds of the complex.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family read a lot about this Wat before setting out. As we came, we found it difficult to more deeply appreciate the cultural and historical significance of it, for nearly nothing was introduced in English. We took a leisure walk around and we really wished there could be more introduction in languages that we can comprehend.

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 9 January 2017 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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