Wat Phra Kaeo

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  • Address: Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +66-946082354
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • 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.

  • Entry is free.

  • Museum Timings: 9.00am - 5.00pm

  • 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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  • Wat Phra Kaeo Address: Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Wat Phra Kaeo Contact Number: +66-946082354
  • Wat Phra Kaeo Timing: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Wat Phra Kaeo Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Wat Phra Kaeo(preferred time): 07:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Wat Phra Kaeo: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Chiang Rai include Wat Phra Kaeo in their plan

  • 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

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

85% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Phra Kaeo

People normally club together Mae Fah Luang Art And Culture Park and Sop Ruak while planning their visit to Wat Phra Kaeo.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • I'm very impressed with this temple. It's very very well maintained with a very beautiful and peaceful temple grounds with very lovely huge orchids. The detailed and beautifully crafted Buddha is breathtaking. The temple staff was very welcoming. A monk was even explaining the different symbolism of Buddhism. The temple has a very good museum with explanation in English. It's a very educational place of worship. I wish I had more time. I would love to listen to the monk explain the religious significance of the various objects as he spoke very good English.

  • Still my favourite temple in Chiang Rai. Lovely temple. Friendly monks, lovely flowers and terrapins. This is the temple not to miss in Chiang Rai. It has everything. A firendly monk spoke to me in good English which was nice. I spoke back in my broken Thai. We understood each other.

  • Very nice and interesting temple to spend 30 min to an hour there right in the heart of the city of Chiangrai. Recommended to see the pagoda where originally the Emerald Buddha was found. A replica of the Emerald Buddha, as well as a small museum showing lot of old Buddha images and other ancient artifacts. Should pay a visit and spend sometime there.

  • Beautiful and very ancient temple. No tourists and you can see the monks in their daily routine. The museum is amazing.

  • The Wat Phra Kaew is a Royal Temple in Chiang Rai and of the oldest in the city and goes back to 14th century. The Wat Phra Kaew is an important temple in Thai history, as it was here where the Emerald Buddha was discovered after lighting struck the chedi where it was kept. The Emerald Buddha or Phra Kaew Morakot is the most highly revered Buddha image in the country, that is now enshrined in the Wat Phra Kaew temple on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The viharn of the Wat Phra Kaew is a beautiful Lanna style structure with its facade made of intricately decorated panels. Behind it is the golden spiral shaped chedi where the Emerald Buddha was kept until 1434. A modern large two storey museum on the the temple grounds displays artifacts from the Lanna era. The temple grounds are well kept and peaceful.

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