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Wat Phra Kaew (Wat Phra Kaeo), Bangkok

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Contact: +66 2 222 0094
Open Hours: Daily 8:30a-4:30p, except during special Royal Ceremonies; Last admission 3:30p; Dress code enforced, please check official website for more details
As old as the city of Bangkok itself, and also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this wat lies in a complex that covers an area of 1.5 square kilometers and features more than 100 buildings, including those of the Grand Palace . Highlights at the Wat Phra Kaew (Wat Phra Kaeo) include the recently restored murals of scenes from the Ramakian (the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana) and the 75-centimeter-tall jade Emerald Buddha itself, the most highly revered Buddha statue in the country. Audio cassette tours are now available for hire. Dressing appropriately (cover shoulders and arms) is expected. Admission fee is included in Grand Palace entry, also includes entry to Vimanemek Mansion.