Wat Phra Kaeo1767 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +66-946082354
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
Wat Phra Kaeo is one of the oldest royal temples situated in Thailand. It is considered that this temple was built in the 14th century however, the structure that we see today is the one that had been completely refurbished by the king in 1978. The temple gains historical importance as it is considered to be the place where the Emerald Buddha was found. It is also one of the main centers of Buddhist education and the Sangha’s administration in northern Thailand. According to Ratna Phimwong written in Pali by Phra Bhrompanya in 1729 AD, the Emerald Buddha was sculpted by gods to present to venerable Nagsen Thera (500 BE), who stayed in Asokaram of Pataliputra (now Kumhar in Patna, India).
Apart from the spirituality that this temple exudes, its structure is also appreciated for the kind of historicity that it exhibits. The temple is built in a beautiful Lanna style structure with its facade made of intricately decorated panels. There is also a museum inside the temple that displays artifacts from the Lanna era (1296 - 1558). The temple grounds are well kept and peaceful. The Wat Phra Kaeo is often resided by monks who study here.
Entrance Ticket Details For Wat Phra Kaeo
- Entry is free.
Wat Phra Kaeo Hours
- Museum Timings: 9.00am - 5.00pm
How to Reach Wat Phra Kaeo
- From anywhere in the center of town, you can get there by tuk-tuk or samlor (a three wheeled rickshaw) or rent a bicycle and drive there yourself.
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93.69% of people who visit Chiang Rai include Wat Phra Kaeo in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
37.35% of people start their Wat Phra Kaeo visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Wat Phra Kaeo
85% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Phra Kaeo