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

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

Wat Phra Kaew, commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located on the ground of the Royal Palace in Bangkok. It is the most respected Buddhist shrine in Thailand. About 2 feet tall dark green statue known as Emerald Buddha stands in the center of the temple.

Some believe that the Emerald Buddha has come from Sri Lanka while art historians believe that it is crafted in Thailand in the 14th century. A legend associated with the Buddha is that the Emerald Buddha was once kept covered in the plaster in a monument in Chiang Rai. In 1434, a lighting storm revealed the Buddha image underneath.

Several wars have been fought in history because of this Buddha image. It was brought in Bangkok in 1782 and is considered a talisman and holds tremendous significance for Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the adjoining Grand Palace together form perhaps the greatest attraction for the visitors to Bangkok and are surely well worth looking at.

Why You Should Visit:
The Grand Palace is already something unique and amazing; the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is like the cherry on the top of a beautiful cake.

Tip:
Visit when the doors open around 8am to minimize crowds, come dressed appropriately (no exposed knees or shoulders), and enjoy a walk around.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-3:30pm

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Sight Name: Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Sight Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Bangkok Old City Walk  

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