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Visit Wat Phra Kaew (Bangkok)

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Thai name : วัดพระแก้ว
My opinion:
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.

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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).

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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
Tel: 02623 5500-02 224 3290


To go visit Wat Phra Kaew, you can also book one of the tours above.

How to get to Wat Phra Kaew ?

To get to Wat Phra Kaew temple or Grand Palace by public transport, the easiest way now is to use the MRT, Bangkok's underground metro and get off at Sanam Chai station. There is then a 7-8 minute walk to reach the entrance. Another option is to go there by river using the Chao Phraya Express boats and get off at the Ta Chang stop. The BTS, Bangkok Skytrain, joins the Chao Phraya Express at Saphan Taksin. You will find all the details on these means of getting around on the page dedicated to transports in Bangkok .

Some tours going Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok: 3 must visit Temples and Market Walking Tour
By GetYourGuide

Bangkok: 3 must visit Temples and Market Walking Tour

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Bangkok by visiting the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple, Reclining Buddha Temple, local markets, and Wat Arun. Trip with a local tour guide.

Half-Day Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun Tour
By TakeMeTour

Half-Day Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun Tour

Offered in Englishenglish guide
See Bangkok's top temples in half day with our private tour to Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Our Local Experts will show you beyond the iconic structures of these temples.

Visit 6 Popular Temples in Bangkok on a e-Scooter
By TakeMeTour

Visit 6 Popular Temples in Bangkok on a e-Scooter

Offered in Englishenglish guide
We will be riding electric scooter to go to measure the various temples to bless and watch the ancient architecture of Thailand. Including to visit and eat in the popular dessert shop in the area Mont Nomsod.

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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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