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Visit Wat Phra Kaew (Bangkok)

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Wat Phra Kaew

Thai name : วัดพระแก้ว

GPS : 13.75126569,100.49256563 (See on the map)


Be careful of tuk-tuk drivers telling you the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaew are closed and try to take you visit other places. Most of the time they are lying and trying to lure you into jewlerry shops where they get commissions and gems are often fake. This one of Bangkok's classical scams.

The Wat Phra Kaew is the temple of the grandest and largest of Thailand. Its main building houses a highly revered Emerald Buddha from Thailand (it is also forbidden to photograph). The temple and the Grand Palace are juxtaposed and tickets are sold in general coupled to the two monuments (although it is quite possible to purchase a ticket for one or the other) . The Wat Phra Kaew, which includes many elements finely decorated is a real festival of colors, a treat for amateur els of souvenir photos. It is guarded by statues of giants, and yakshas Kinnari (characters half-woman half-bird).

Practical information about Wat Phra Kaew

Opening hours: from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (watch this temple closes early). Admission (coupled with Grand Palace) : 500 baht
You can go to The Emerald Temple in Bangkok by using Chao Phraya Express boat service and stop at Tha Chang Pier but since July 29, 2019, there is a MRT station, underground subway of Bangkok, which is nearby, station Sanam Chai.
Tel: 02623 5500-02 224 3290

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra Kaew is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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