Wat Ho Phra Kaew

Beautiful temple and Buddhist art

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What we say: 4 stars

The name of the temple is homage to the sacred relic it once housed, the Emerald Buddha, which was stolen by the Thais and now sits in a temple of the same name at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

The temple you see now was renovated in the 1940s and, even without the Emerald Buddha, it's worth a visit for its gallery of 18th century bronze Buddha statues. The collection of art celebrates Buddha in all his forms and devotees wrap the images with saffron fabric or affix squares of gold foil to the faces. The temple grounds are lush and there are a few shady spots for some meditation.

Keep an eye out for a jar from the Plain of Jars beneath a small shelter on temple grounds. Most visitors are practising Buddhists and modest attire is required to enter inside. No bare shoulders or thighs.

More details
Beside the Presidential Palace, Setthathilath Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
Last updated: 1st January, 2014

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Born in Aarhus Denmark, Ivana got her first passport at 6 months old and moved to Southeast Asia in 2009 to work as an English teacher and find new cultural windows in which to peep.
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