Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai ‘Feast your eyes with its emeral Lord Buddha statue!’

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Temples are something that you should never miss if you visit northern Thailand. As it is a historic area, therefore temples can contain many stories of people in the past, which here means Lanna people. Everybody knows that northern Thailand was once Lanna Kingdom. The kingdom had a lot of interesting art and culture, all of which are worthy of learning and preserving.

And, Chiang Rai is a province of northern Thailand. It reflects quite many stories of Lanna too. Its beauty is not less than anywhere else. There are many historic tourist attractions, including temples. 

If youre looking forward to holidays in Chiang Rai, or planning merit making for a birthday celebration trip, here is the place that you must go for the first thing after your arrival. 

Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai! 

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Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai was once named as Wat Pha Eia, or Pha Phai. But the origin of the name ’Wat Phra Kaew’ started long time ago. In the year 1434, the chedi of the temple had been stricken by a thunder and a beautiful, glorious, sparkling emerald Buddha statue appeared. Therefore villagers has called the temple ‘Wat Phra Kaew’ ever since.

Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai is quite different from the one in Bangkok. The one in Bangkok is surrounded with large roads and a lot of cars. But the one in Chiang Rai is located in the middle of trees, grass, and lovely natural atmosphere. You will feel totally relaxed and blessed.

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On top of that, Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai is very unique. It was built in Lanna style. That make it looks so fabulous and valuable. You should see old artworks, for examples, murals, carvings, and architectures all over the place.

Now that the architectures is being talked about, surely you don’t want to miss a chance of seeing the most beautiful and important parts of the temple.

  1. The Ubosot : The ubosot is baked with Chiangsaen style of art. It is belief that the thing was built in the year 1890. You should go inside and pay respect to the priciple Lord Buddha statue named Phra Chao Lan Thong, for your own good fortune. This statue is covered in golden color, making it so shiny.
  2. Phra Yok Tower : Also known as How Phra Yok, this tower is a building decorated with Lanna style of art. It is used as the storage of Phra Yok Chiang Rai.
  3. Hong Luang Saeng Kaew : This is a museum of Lord Buddha statues. There are total two floors. The building was built in Lanna contemporary style of art in the year 1995. You should visit it before you leave. Beside of rare and valuable Lord Buddha statues, you will also find some ancient items like weapons, costumes, utensils etc.
  4. The Chedi : This is not an all-gold-colored chedi, but a white and yellow chedi. However, it still looks good. This is the part of the temple that had been stricken by the thunder, before emerald Lord Buddha statue was found inside.

If you want further information, you may visit the website  www.watphrakaew-Chiang Rai.com .

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How to get there 

Wat Phra Kaew is located at 19, Area1, Trairat Road, Wiang District, Muang County, Chiang Rai Province. 

You should reach King Mengrai the Great Monument first. Then you have to turn left. Continue straight until you find a junction at the end of the road. Just turn left for about 100 metres. In a very short time, you will find the temple. If you do not have car, we recommend you to book the car rental with driver for more comfortable.