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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew - also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha - is not only one of the most elegant structures in Bangkok, it’s also one of the most important Buddhist temples in the city.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most commanding attractions in the historical centre of Bangkok. With architectural designs that strongly bear the traditional Thai creations – red and gold, well-defined details – it’s a place that both intrigues and invites. Take the stairs up to see dazzling gold structures, paintings that depict ancient Thailand, and beautiful pagodas. You can see the Emerald Buddha from a distance but visitors are discouraged to come nearer – this privilege is only for HM The King. An audio guide is available upon entry to those who want to know more about this attraction.



Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in the Grand Palace complex.


Opening Days and Hours

The Temple is open from 8:30 to 15:30, daily. Please note that they don’t allow people dressed in short pants or skirts and sleeveless shirts. There is an option to rent a sarong at the entrance.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to the Grand Palace is USD 15. This fee includes access to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Bangkok via Thai Airways or AirAsia.
  • Board the BTS (Silom Line) to Saphan Taksin Station.
  • Board a boat to Ta Chang Pier.
  • Walk the rest of the way to the Grand Palace.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups of friends


Time to Spend

Spend at least two hours exploring this attraction.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The Temple of Emerald Buddha is always full of people. If you want to take great photos, visit at the earliest time, around 8:30.



Inn a Day, Khana Khazana, Home Cafe Tha Tien, and Salathip are some of the dining spots offering both local and Western dishes.



Nearby Attractions

  • Temple of Reclining Buddha
  • The Grand Palace



The Greenery Hotel, Sleep Whale Express, JP Mansion Melody Bar, City Hotel, and the Malika Hotel offer accommodations at rates ranging from USD 18 to USD 70.

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