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Visit Wat Phra Kaew (Chiang Rai)

g_translate Thai name : วัดพระแก้ว
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Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai Museum
Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai Museum
There are many temples called Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand. They all have in common to have hosted one time or another the Emerald Buddha, the most revered statue in Thailand which is today in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. This is in Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai that the statuette was discovered in 1434 when a bolt of lighting hit an old Chedi that collapsed letting appear the famous Phra Kaew Mokarot Buddha image. The jade statue(yes, it is not really emerald) stayed in several places including Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao in Lampang and Vientiane in Laos before staying in Bangkok.
The main building of the temple is Chiang Saen style. It houses Phra Chao Lan Thong, a beautiful 700 years old bronze sitting Buddha image in palawa style. At its left, there is a small two floors museum whith many statues and objects and behind theordination hall, there is a little golden chedi. Completely at the back of Wat Phra Kaew temple, stands the Ubosatha Hall, a wooden building that houses the Phra Yok Chiang Rai, a slightly different copy of original Emerald Buddha and whose mural pantings tell the story of the Emerald Buddha.

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Practical information about Wat Phra Kaew

No Admission fee
Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Museum open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contacts museum: 053 715 047

How to get to Wat Phra Kaew ?

If you are staying in town in Chiang Rai, it should be quite easy and quick to reach Wat Phra Kaew temple on foot. Otherwise, take one of the tuk-tuks or possibly a VTC. The temple is also part of the city tour circuit by tram.
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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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