Wat Phra Kaeo

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • 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 - Review

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.

Wat Phra Kaeo Ticket Prices

  • Entry is free.

Wat Phra Kaeo Opening and Closing Hours

  • Museum Timings: 9.00am - 5.00pm

How To reach Wat Phra Kaeo by Public Transport

  • 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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TripHobo Highlights for Wat Phra Kaeo

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Wat Phra Kaeo

  • 95% of people who visit Chiang Rai include Wat Phra Kaeo in their plan

  • 59.99% of people start their Wat Phra Kaeo visit around 06 AM - 07 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Wat Phra Kaeo

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

93.82% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Phra Kaeo

People normally club together Wat Rong Khun and Wat Ming Mueang Temple while planning their visit to Wat Phra Kaeo.

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Wat Phra Kaeo, Chiang Rai Reviews

  • beautiful traditional Lanna art style monastery. currently, the monastery has been promoted as one of the famous tourist attraction spot in Chiang Rai. the place was well maintained, clean and tidiness. worth for visiting place.

  • One of the most highly revered temples in Northern Thailand and the original location of the Emerald Buddha now housed at Wat Phra Keow in Bangkok. This temple dates back to the 14th Century. A copy of the famous Emerald Buddha is on display at this temple.

  • Certainly a very popular place for Thai people to visit. Very large compound but quite & serene none the less. Lots of sings in English (and other languages) explaining the history & significance of the Emerald Buddha. The pond which houses turtles & some large catfish is also worth looking at - at least 3 species of turtle who clamber up onto the 2 platforms to sun themselves & where people throw food for them. The public toilet is to the right of the main Wat.

  • Peaceful old temple. In the temple is statue of Jade Buddha that survive through tough miracle journey, Thai-Burma war. In the eye of most it may seem to be fairy tale story. However in the Buddhist world is a impossible miracle.

  • Excellent museum with good explanations of exhibits. Have been to many museums in Thailand, this one is one of the best. The Wat is very beautiful. Easy walk from downtown. Worth a couple hours.

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