Sights & Attractions
Chiang RaiOperating time: 08.00 - 17.00
Trairat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Rai
Tel. 0 5371 7433, 0 5374 4674-5
Category : Temple
Attraction Details :
Wat Phra Kaeo, which is located on Trairat Road on the northwest side of town, is the best known of the northern temples. It once housed the Emerald Buddha, Thailands most important Buddha statue which was discovered in 1444. The statue had been moved by various state rulers to be placed in their capitals including Lampang, Chiang Rai and Vientiane before finally being enshrined in Bangkok's royal Wat Phra Kaeo. There is now a green jade replica of the image on display. The temple also houses a 700-year bronze statue of Phra Chao Lan Thong, which is housed in the Chiang Saen style ubosot.