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Temple of Emerald Buddha, Thailand

From series “The Most Iconic Temples in the World”
The famous Wat Phra Kaeo or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is located in Bangkok, is not only a prominent religious site, but also one of the holiest places in the world for Buddhists. The temple was named in honor of its main reliquary - the statues of Emerald Buddha, whose height is 66. Unlike in general, the statue is not cut out of the giant emerald, but from the jadeite, which is an emerald green variety of nephrite.

Temple of Emerald Buddha, Thailand The beautiful temple is open to the people of any denominations that can see one of the most important Buddhist sanctuaries. The tourists should only observe one important rule - one should only enter into the temple in the reserved and long clothes. At the entrance to the temple the unprepared guests can borrow the long trousers. The history of the appearance of the unique statue is as peculiar as its harmonious shape.

As the legend tells, the lightning strikes the small ceramic mortar in 1434. The mortar was split and the unique artifact was discovered. For a long time, the statue belonged to King Rama I, and was moved to his own temple at his command. Since then the statue has been very respected Every three months, the monks put them in the new clothes. And the place of delivery is never empty in the temple. Besides the unique statue, you can see the beautiful frescoes that represent Buddha's life in the temple. On the adjacent territory and in the temple itself is presented a lot of other sculptures, including the statue of the royal family of the Chakri dynasty, as well as the strange mythical being. For several centuries, two majestic bronze lions have protected the entrance into the temple. Next - Lotus Temple


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Nearest airports:
 »  Don Muang Airport DMK - in 22 km
 »  Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK - in 28 km
 »  U-Tapao International Airport UTP - in 131 km
 »  Hua Hin Airport HHQ - in 138 km
 »  Nakhon Ratchasima Airport NAK - in 237 km
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Best hotels near Temple of Emerald Buddha

The Royal ThaTien Village

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The Royal ThaTien Village is a 10-minute boat ride from Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn. It is a 1-hour drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. … More: photo, rates and booking
Wild Orchid Villa

Located in 1 km from Temple of Emerald Buddha
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Rooms: 80
The property is a 15-minute walk to Grand Palace. It is a 1-hr drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. All rooms come with a cable TV. They … More: photo, rates and booking
The Overstay

Located in 2 km from Temple of Emerald Buddha
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Rooms: 20
The property is 2.3 km from Khao San Road and 7.3 km from Patpong. Suvarnabhumi Airport is 30 km away. Rooms come with a fan or air-conditioning. … More: photo, rates and booking
T.T. guesthouse

Located in 3 km from Temple of Emerald Buddha
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Rooms: 30
Each homely-style room is equipped with air conditioning, fan and shared bathroom with shower facilities. Guests can sample a variety of Thai dishes … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Temple of Emerald Buddha - Bangkok

It is hard not to notice BelAire Bangkok as the hotel is located in a beautiful tall building with crispy white façade. This hotel enjoys prime location in the center of Sukhumvit Road close to popular night clubs and restaurants. Even most discerning travellers will find wonderful guestrooms to fit their taste as the hotel offers special club suites with sophisticated design, as well as exclusive suites with panoramic windows and spacious family rooms. The hotel offers a great range of services – a fitness centre, a beautiful open air terrace with an outdoor swimming pool, an international cuisine restaurant and much more. In the evening, head to the hotel’s stylish bar and lounge that offer various signature cocktails and treats.

Prestigious Amari Boulevard is located in one of the most unusual skyscrapers of the city. Besides elegant guestrooms, the hotel offers a luxurious relaxation zone with a swimming pool located on the roof of the building. Luxurious, richly decorated guestrooms remain one of signature traits of the hotel. They feature posh furniture and a spacious bathroom with a window. In order to make their stay at the hotel more diversified, travellers are welcome at the wellness centre that offers various massage programs and beauty treatments. The famous restaurant Season Thai is also located in the hotel. The restaurant is located on the top of the building and has its own open air terrace.
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