Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai
Is a historically important temple. It is the place where the Emerald Buddha is to be found. It is also one of the main educational centres for Buddhism in northern Thailand.
Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai is well-known and perhaps one of the most famous throughout Thailand. It is the home of the translucent Emerald Buddha, which is a feature of the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok. Wat phra kaew houses a replica of this image, and was opened by her Royal Highness Princess Kalayaniwattana on November 26th 1998.
The work undertaken by the monks at Wat Pra Kaew include studies into Lanna history and architecture (Lanna refers to a period between the 13th and 18th centuries). Fortunately, these records have been very well maintained, as they were sometimes written in stone. Some of these can be seen in a museum inside the Temple grounds.
The selection of artefacts you will see inside the museum, beautifully illustrate the life and culture of a people that spanned the time of centuries ago and you will see that each item has been meticulously labelled in Thai, English and Lanna, Visitors can also enjoy brochures that give greater detail about each artefact. Visitors will also be able to see some of the costume worn by Prince Jao Rachawong Buarakot , who ruled in Chiang Rai province around the times of 1887 – 1898.
Wat Phra Kaew
Houses one of the most beautiful and largest Buddha images in Thailand. It is believed to be over 700 years old and made from brass and copper.
Opening times from 9:00 – 17:00
Admission price – free