Open8:30 – 15:30
addressNa Phra Lan Road, Old City
The grounds of Wat Phra Kaew actually comprises of many ‘wats’ (Buddhist temples), all of which are superb examples of classical Thai Buddhist temples from the current Rattanakosin style era. Polished gold stupas rise up among ornate pillars and roofs which are studded with small mirrors and cut glass, which on close inspection has the appearance of an intricate mosaic, but from afar simply glitters and sparkles. The chief attraction here is the Wat Phra Kaew itself, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which was erected in 1782. This is the most sacred temple in the complex and Buddhist ceremonies are often held here. Adjacent to it is the Grand Palace – one of several Royal residences. The Emerald Buddha is perhaps the most revered and valued Buddhist icon in all of Thailand and attracts thousands of tourists and Thai pilgrims every day. In fact, it is rather diminutive in size, measuring just 75 cm in height and isn’t actually made of emeralds, but rather jade or jasper. It also has a rather tumultuous background.