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In Photos: Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew or the the Temple of the Emerald Buddha was the first stop in our one day temple tour in Bangkok. This is considered as the most spiritual of all Buddhist temples in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha, is in itself, regarded as a powerful political and religious symbol in the entire nation. 

Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Since the area is wide, grab pamphlet guides or refer to maps like this one from Wikipedia to choose specific spots to see and know you're way around. No one can get lost here though by just following where the crowd goes. 

Map of Wat Phra Kaew Wikipedia

These are some of the structures to expect (or at least those I have photos of). 

Temple of Emerald Buddha and Golden Stupa

First snap, right from one of the entrance gates. 

Temple of Emerald Buddha and the Golden Stupa

You get invited right away by an awesome view of the Temple of Emerald Buddha and the Golden Stupa as soon as you go through the main entrance door. 

Photos taken from various angles throughout the entire temple tour. 

Phra Sri Rattana Chedi or the Golden Stupa

The Golden Stupa in Sri Lankan style. 

Phra Sri Rattana

This golden hue looks closer to how it actually is. 

From the side...

Phra Mondop (Library)

Here's the Phra Mondop or the library. 

Phra Mondop

Phra Mondop

A closer inspection of the Phra Mondop. 

The Phra Mondop with the Golden Chedi (right, and then left) beside it. 

Phra Mondop with the Golden Chedi

Phra Mondop with the Golden Chedi

Golden Chedi

The Golden Chedi at a closer view. 

Golden Chedi


There are several prangs throughout the compound as well. These are carved towers with architectural origin dating back to the Hindi-Buddhist Khmer empire. 

A prang is towering on the left side of the library here. 

It looks pasted right in the middle on this photo. 

A row of prangs is more visible from this angle. 

The same three prangs from this shot too. 

Up close with one of eight prangs (all located on the eastern side of the complex)


Phra Viharn Yod or the Porcelain Viham

This temple is very noticeable as it's possibly the only one with less colorful walls compared with the intricate pattern from the rest of the other temples. 

Phra Viharn Yod or the Porcelain Viham

It's located behind the Golden Stupa. 

Statues and Monuments

There are numerous statues inspired by creatures of myths and legends. Here are some of them. 


Thotsakhirithon, a giant demon or Yaksha guarding one of the exits to the Grand Palace. 

Thotsakhirithon, a giant demon or Yaksha

Gilt chimeras, part-human and part animal creatures. 

Gilt chimeras, part-human and part animal

These are lion-man combinations which are located on the upper terrace area. 


Nok Tantima, (nok meaning bird), guards the Phra Viharn Yod

Nok Tantima

Lion statues guarding doors. 

Lion statues

Two statues (non-mythological) 

Other notable monuments include the Yaksa Tavarnbal or the 5-meter tall giants, kinnari (half-woman, half-bird) or kinnorn (its male counterpart), the hermit statue (believed to possess healing powers), the golden garuda and naga (carrying the Golden Chedi), and numerous elephant statues. 

Wat Phra Kaew Compound

Back to back from opposite sides, the Wat Phra Kaew's inner compound. 

Wat Phra Kaew Compound


Notable Structures

There are numerous other structures worth the time to visit within the compound; provided it's allowed for public viewing as some areas are off limits or can possibly be closed for routine repair. 

There's a model of the Angkot Wat (of Cambodia). Right at the balcony (by the corridor, close to the entrance), the Ramayana epic mural is also a must-see. 

Inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Picture-taking is not allowed inside the main temple which houses the Emerald Buddha; nor are footwear. So all shoes are left just outside the entrance. 

Clothing Requirements

Sandals and flip flops are not even allowed; along with sleeveless or hanging tops and shorts or mini-skirts. So it's best to wear proper attire, even if it's incidentally a humid day. While there are shops just outside the main entrance, selling temple appropriate clothing, they're expensive. 

Side Trip: Grand Palace 

The Grand Palace, which houses Thailand's royal family is just outside the Wat Phra Kaew complex.

Grand Palace

Tickets sold cover both the Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. Vimanmek is known as the world's largest home made of golden teak. 

You'll easily spot these on the way out. 

These brick roads pave the way towards the exit.  

The complex looks even more stunning from afar. 

wat phra kaew and grand palace complex

The grass are off limits by the way. 

Grand Palace Tour Rules

Be sure to visit during a non-official holiday as the Grand Palace tour is closed for the public. 

Grand Palace Tour

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More Information

Wat Phra Kaew is located in 2 Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

It's open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. 

Entrance fee is 500 baht ($15 USD) per person and covers the Wat Phra Kaew complex and some limited areas of the Grand Palace. 

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