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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200

The Basics

As one of Bangkok’s biggest tourist attractions, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is included in numerous sightseeing tours. Most tours include a guided visit of the Bangkok Grand Palace, as well as options to combine the temple with a River of Kings canal cruise or a visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or Bangkok’s largest flower market. If you’re based in Hua Hin, you can see the temple and other city highlights on a day trip to Bangkok.

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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
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$51.76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A memorable experience!
Both the guide and the driver worked well together. The driver was punctual and professional. We were a little early arriving at the Royal Palace so he gave us a little sightseeing tour of Bangkok. Our guide was interesting, inciteful and had a great sense of humor. Thank you again!
wilhelm_p, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Bangkok ancient city tour
Paul_B, Mar 2020
Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun
We had an excellent morning with our guide Deev , who was very impressive with her knowledge of the sites we visited , picked up on time and returned to our hotel in a nice air conditioned van , if you are after value for money book this excursion
star-5
Superb private morning tour
Teresa, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew
Excellent private tour, from start to finish. Having an English-speaking tour guide meant that we were first in line, and did not miss anything. She guided us around and told us all about the Grand Palace Complex, and Wat Phra Kaew. Stunning sights, and excellent tour guide.
star-5
Incredible Dat!
jrm34997, Feb 2020
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
An incredible site and our guide was very personable, knowledgeable and interesting. A must see for anybody visiting Bangkok!
star-5
Excellent
Michelle W, Jun 2019
Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok
Our tour guide Cat, was amazing! She was very knowledgeable of the places we went! She even took us extra places to shop! The floating Market was exceptional! Enjoyed very much!!
star-5
Ayuttaya
Kyriacos F, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew
Excellent excursion. Pick up on time . Guide very good and with humour. Very interesting site. Temples on the way very good. The buses in Thailand need to be renewed. Lunch on the cruise food was average but cruise interesting as the view from the river was a must see.
star-5
Great way to see the Grand Palace!
James_V, Jan 2021
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
I had a personal tour with Tum so I got to spend time with her as we journeyed through the Temple and Grand Palace areas in Bangkok. There is no doubt that Tum went above-and-beyond to make sure the tour was a good experience for me, including little things being sensitive to when I needed to take a break and making sure I was able to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Tum also had all the facts and points of interest ready to communicate clearly in an easy-to-understand English. I sure appreciated Tum's professional manner and always being ready to answer a question I might have! Awesome tour!!
star-4
Bad experience with tour bookings
195496terry, Mar 2019
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew
THe private tour was just fine,,, The only problem was booking it through VIATOR they failed to inform the tour company about my reservation and sent me my notices a day after each of my tours... I would not use VIATOR to book your tours!!!
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Grand Palace Tour
SegundoJr_G, Dec 2019
Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
Our tour guide arrived early at our Hotel. He was supposed to be at the hotel by 7:30 but as early as 6:30 he was already on the hotel lobby. So up and we go as we pick up another couple at a nearby hotel and there we go to our destination The Grand Palace Tour. On our way Vichai our guide tell us the storied origin of the Grand Palaces. from the time of King Rama I up to the reigning King Rama 10. Overall we have a grand time for this tour as Vichai gamely answer all our querries about the site. We will surely return and this time with our kids in tow. Thank you.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Emerald Buddha Temple is a must-see for spiritual travelers and first-time visitors to Bangkok.

  • The temple maintains a strict dress code: shorts, short skirts, and sleeveless t-shirts are not permitted on the temple grounds.

  • Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the temple.

  • While the lawn and gardens of Bangkok’s Grand Palace are accessible to wheelchair users, the temple interior is not due to a series of steps leading inside.

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How to Get There

To reach the Emerald Buddha Temple, take the Silom Line to Saphan Taksin Station and leave through exit 2. From there, take a boat taxi to the Tha Chang Pier near the Grand Palace main entrance.

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When to Get There

To avoid the biggest crowds, plan to visit first thing in the morning or after lunch, when most tour buses have departed. Sometimes the temple closes to the public when the Grand Palace is being used for state functions.

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The Buddha’s Robes

Pay attention to the robes draped over the 26-inch (66-centimeter) Emerald Buddha perched high up on its gilded shrine. At the beginning of each season, the king changes the monastic robes to suit the season: hot, rainy, or cool.

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