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Major Thai Temples in Bangkok

Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo

the emerald buddhaThis is the most famous place that is a must for all tourists. It is a large compound located near Sanam Luang in the very heart of Bangkok. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha were built after King Rama I ascended the throne as the founder of the Chakri Dynasty on 6 April 1782 and have undergone several repairs and renovations.

The Grand Palace consists of several buildings with different styles of architecture. Wat Phra Kaeo is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It houses Phra Kaeo Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the most highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of fine jade.

Scattered in the temple grounds are numerous interesting sculptures of artistic value, including the fanciful animals in mythology, the fierce-looking giants standing guard at the gates, the six pairs of Cambodian-style bronze lions and the stone figures from China.

On the inside walls of the temple's compound, there are extensive mural paintings depicting scenes from the famous epic "Ramayana". It is the longest wall painting in the world as well as one of the Unseen Bangkoks. A distinctive characteristic of this temple is that there are no monks living in it like other temples.

Wat Phra Kaeo  
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Wat Phra Kaeo 2

   Chakri Maha Prasat, Grand Palace
Among the four groups of palaces, the Chakri Maha Prasat is the largest and most famous. Erected by King Rama V in 1882 as his own residence, the 3-storey building is a mixture of Thai and Western architecture. The top part is pure Thai with tapering spires and tiered sloping roofs, and the lower parts, designed by a British architect, are in the Imperial Victorian style. Boromphiman Hall This French-inspired structure was built by King Rama V for Crown Prince Vajiravudh as his residence. It is now used to accommodate visiting foreign heads of state.

Note : Proper dress is required. Women visitors must wear long pants or long skirts. Men in short pants are not allowed to enter the temple. Photography inside the main temple is forbidden.

Open Daily, 08.30 - 15.30 hrs.
Admission fee 300 baht to Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace Compound. The fee includes entry to the Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion (in the Grand Palace Compound) and to Vimanmek Mansion and Apisek Dusit Throne Hall (Ratchawithi Road).
For taxi พระบรมมหาราชวังและวัดพระแก้ว

Map : Rattanankosin Island

Related links:
The Emerald Buddha's Eventful History
The Grand Palace & The Royal Chapel

Related Tour Program
Duration
temple of the emerald buddha
Bangkok tour program code S-01
Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha and city tour on Ratchadamnoen Rd. with magnificent attractions en route.
Half Day (a.m./p.m.)
marble temple
Bangkok tour program code S-26
Temple of Dawn, Marble Temple, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Rachadamnoen Rd. with magnificent attractions en route, and Vimanmek Mansion
Full Day
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Bangkok tour + accomodation package code P-01
Wat Pho, Wat Traimit, Marble Temple, Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Gems Factory
3D2N
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Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-02
Wat Pho, Wat Traimit, Marble Temple, Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Gems Factory
3D2N
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Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-03
Temple and city tours, Wat Pho, Wat Traimit, Marble Temple, Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Gems Factory and Floating Market
4D3N

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Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-12
Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Vimanmek Mansion, a long-tail boat trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Coconut Sugar Farm, Royal Thai Handicraft Centre, Rose Garden Riverside (Thai Village Show), Death Railway and Tiger Temple
3D2N
dinner cruise
Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-24
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Flea Market, Siam Niramit, Dream World Amusement Park, Dinner Cruise, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Crododile Farm and Rose Garden Riverside (Thai Village Show)
5D4N
reclining buddha
Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-25
Outstanding temples, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Marble Temple, Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Gems Factory, Floating Market, Calypso Cabaret, Crocodile Farm and Elephant Theme Show
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