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Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew fence and outer grounds

After exiting Wat Pho through the back we made our way up the east fence (pictured above) to get into Wat Phra Kaew (which includes the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace). There was no entrance on the east side either. Finally, when we got to the north side we found the only way in.

case family at Wat Phra Kaew bangkok thailand

The admission to this place is the only thing I found expensive in Bangkok. It was 350 baht (about $11) each. That’s about the same fee as the expensive temples in Kyoto, Japan (the ones in Tokyo are free and the ones in Kamakura are either free or close to it), but this is Thailand where most people make less than 250 baht per day. For example, the meal we had just eaten, for four with drinks, was less than admission for one of us. But the guidebooks said this was the place not to miss so we paid, and we were not disappointed.

One, quick, funny story about Ellie’s shirt in the above photo… She had on a dress with tights underneath. Even though the tights weren’t tight and went below her knees and her dress almost went down to her knees the guards would not let her in, saying she was too immodest. So Linda took her to the bathroom where her dress was pulled down below her knees and put a souvenir, Bangkok t-shirt on to cover up where her dress was. We made it through with this far sillier, and no more modest, outfit with no questions asked.

frescos wall paintings at Wat Phra Kaew

The frescoes along the inner walls of the temple are fantastic. You could spend a day just examining them. A guide who could of told us the stories painted on the walls would have been nice.

thai person painting at Wat Phra Kaew fresco bangkok

Several Thai artists were freshening up the murals.

3 Responses to “Wat Phra Kaew”

  1. 1
    tokyovisitor:

    great pics 🙂

  2. 2
    girls dress up games:

    Amazing pictures that place looks amazing!

  3. 3
    Somchai:

    Hi,
    The ticket will include (Currently the fee is 400Baht for each) more 3 places for visit.

    1. The Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace
    2. Royal Thai Decorations and Coin Pavilion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5wHP6-d4eQ ,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gass2sXvLNQ&feature=related)
    3. The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall (inside have the greate fine art on the Exhibition http://www.artsofthekingdom.com)
    4. Vimanmek mansion (http://www.palaces.thai.net/index_vm.htm)

    If you visit all of these places. I think you will change mind….”It too cheap”.

    Somchai

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