Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
4.5
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most valued temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
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  • Llorente
    Madrid, Spain3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    very beautiful
    We came to Thailand for the first time with my wife and had a chance to visit Wat Phra Kaew, it's really beautiful. I have never seen such a beautiful building. Envy Thai people with a good culture and beauty, we fell in love here.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early, make sure you are dressed properly
    Best to get there at opening time, as it gets busier throughout the morning. Make sure you are dressed properly and follow the rules with what you can and cannot take in, etc. Enjoy the experience and space, it is stunning.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Fang H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A splendid place to visit
    This place is a magnificent collection of ancient Thai architecture, boasting splendid structures that are truly awe-inspiring. Visitors will be captivated by the vibrant and diverse array of colorful statues, making it a photographer's paradise. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting during holidays, as the crowds can be overwhelming.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • rc6691
    San Diego, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glistening in the sun. Be respectful.
    What a sight. Glistening in the sun with milllions of tiny pieces of tile and glass mosaic. Well worth the visit to see the outside … but the inside is just as impressive with the Emerald Buddha in the center of the room. This is a working/real temple. Be respectful of those praying and no photos. Read the signs before going in (example: sit like a mermaid and don’t point feet at the Buddha, etc). We love these cultural gems from around the world. Thank you for sharing with those of us from other cultures and countries 😉
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Sugar Cane
    Hat Yai, Thailand36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but...all people so many people
    The emerald buddha is so tiny and you probably get like 5 minutes to see it. The real highlights are all outside. A mix of Chinese, Indian and a little western influenced architecture and sculpture. Interesting mixture of beliefs in this place, I can see Buddhist, Hinduism, Chinese Gods and thai mythical creatures exist together. The wall painting is fun to see if you knew a briefly story of Ramayana, basically it is a fight between human god and ape god, these two have a beef because the ape god try to steal human god's wife and there comes a fight between both of their henchmen. Hope you have a good time here!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 31, 2023
  • hemismom
    Campbellville, Canada248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    Clean, busy and stunning, an absolute must see! We went in the morning as the afternoon would’ve been too hot. We did the audio tour, which was interesting, but the paper sheet map wasn’t that great and it’s so busy there I would skip it. I would recommend either a tour guide or read up about it before you go.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Kazi Md. Majharul Islam
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh643 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Solo Trip
    I find it difficult to come up with words to describe the experience of visiting this remarkable temple. Its opulence is extraordinary, and yet, upon entering I was filled with a sense of tranquility such as I haven’t felt in a while. Perhaps the sincerity of many of those who entered to worship had its effect on me. Regardless, this is a temple that must be experienced to be understood. No photos are allowed in the interior. I believe that’s the way it should be.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Clevelang
    Cleveland, Australia57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot, crowded and definitely worth it.
    This is jaw dropping it is so beautiful. Such a special place for Thai people it is a privilege to get to see it even if you are shuffling through as part of the crowd. If you can get there early before the tour groups turn up you might be able to soak up the wonder and majesty of the building. Obviously no shoes and no bare feet inside so be prepared with your ware choice for the trip. Take some time outside the building to appreciate everything else beyond the emerald Buddha.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Jared M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jade Buddha
    Today, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most renowned places in Thailand. The architecture of this place is truly magnificent and meticulously maintained. Despite the somewhat high entrance fee, the experience is absolutely worth it. As someone who is not a practicing Buddhist, I was surprised to find a sense of peace and tranquility wash over me while exploring the temple grounds. However, I must admit that the visit would have been even more enjoyable had it not been during the sweltering heat of the day.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 3, 2024
  • GethminiG
    Colombo, Sri Lanka136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A solo visit which was a great experience
    It was a great experience. I visited the place solo during the little time I got during a business trip. It was crowded however it doesn’t affect your experience of leisurely enjoying the view. Photography is not allowed in some places and videography is not allowed as well. Try to visit during the morning hours to avoid the heat.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 15, 2024
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Mombasa, Kenya29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The heat! 🌞☀️🥵
Visit during morning hours and leave by noon before it gets too hot.
It isn't too crowded in the morning as well, but the crowd gets bigger with time.
You will need water, a portable fan, a handkerchief to wipe sweat off your face, and an umbrella as a shade if possible.
You also need to be decent. I.e. No shorts, sleeveless, etc
There are areas where you will take off your shoes.
If you feel pressed from hydrating, the toilets are clean at the entry/exit gate.
There are tour guides available for various languages.
You can get really nice photos overall.
Written May 3, 2024
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Thomas M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The temple grounds are one of the most popular destinations in Bangkok for good reason. The temple sight is beautifully maintained and there's simply so much to see, I could've stayed there for days. However, it does get crowded and I would advise you to go early morning or at the start of the evening, especially when visiting in high season.
Written April 22, 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Lots and lots of walking in the heat. Take plenty of water with you. The grounds are large and get crowded very quickly. The emerald buddha was much smaller than I though, but it is really beautiful and grounds have no litter and well landscaped. A very pleasant place, but so hard to take photos as it is such a large place. Stunning and well worth a visit.
Written April 19, 2024
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Candice M
Swanley, UK764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Awesome, beautiful, wonderful, amazing.

Loved this little gem in the Grand Palace. Just loved this place.

A definite must see when visiting Bangkok.

Go early to avoid the crowds and the heat....be aware...lots of walking.
Wear comfortable shoes and remember you need to take your shoes off when entering most areas. Dress respectfully.
Written April 15, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, the sanctum holds an image of the Buddha made of jade. That's the emerald Buddha. The temple and the temple complex is crazy busy from opening to closing time. Photos and videos inside are of course prohibited, but good luck trying to get a clear photo, anywhere near the immediate vicinity. Some of the outstanding features include the figures of Garudas along the exterior wall on all four sides, roof pediments with sculptures of the Hindu god Narayana mounted on the back of Garuda, the countless Nagas projecting from the roofs and of course the traditional gold leaf and coloured glass decorations on the walls.
Written April 15, 2024
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GethminiG
Colombo, Sri Lanka136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
It was a great experience. I visited the place solo during the little time I got during a business trip. It was crowded however it doesn’t affect your experience of leisurely enjoying the view. Photography is not allowed in some places and videography is not allowed as well.
Try to visit during the morning hours to avoid the heat.
Written April 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jared M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Today, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most renowned places in Thailand. The architecture of this place is truly magnificent and meticulously maintained. Despite the somewhat high entrance fee, the experience is absolutely worth it. As someone who is not a practicing Buddhist, I was surprised to find a sense of peace and tranquility wash over me while exploring the temple grounds. However, I must admit that the visit would have been even more enjoyable had it not been during the sweltering heat of the day.
Written April 3, 2024
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Clevelang
Cleveland, Australia57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is jaw dropping it is so beautiful. Such a special place for Thai people it is a privilege to get to see it even if you are shuffling through as part of the crowd.
If you can get there early before the tour groups turn up you might be able to soak up the wonder and majesty of the building.
Obviously no shoes and no bare feet inside so be prepared with your ware choice for the trip.
Take some time outside the building to appreciate everything else beyond the emerald Buddha.
Written March 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ssojwal
Arlington, VA9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great trip, but the the palace was too crowded. Regulating the number of tourists at the Grand Palace would be good to ensure a great experience.
Written March 20, 2024
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Kazi Md. Majharul Islam
Dhaka City, Bangladesh643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I find it difficult to come up with words to describe the experience of visiting this remarkable temple. Its opulence is extraordinary, and yet, upon entering I was filled with a sense of tranquility such as I haven’t felt in a while. Perhaps the sincerity of many of those who entered to worship had its effect on me. Regardless, this is a temple that must be experienced to be understood. No photos are allowed in the interior. I believe that’s the way it should be.
Written March 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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