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Temple of the Emerald Buddha stairs to Phra Si Rattana Chedi Stupa

Contained within the Grand Palace complex, this gleaming golden stupa is part Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, this culturally rich site houses the Emerald Buddha, a stunning solid emerald statue of Buddha that is venerated as the country's most important religious symbol.



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8:30 AM — 3:30 PM




  • Wide-angle lens (19mm)
  • Appropriate clothing — all temples in Thailand and royal sites, especially the Grand Palace, have strict dress codes. Both men and women must cover their legs and shoulders (ie. no tank tops or shorts). Loose fitting garments, like a flowing pants or skirt are best, as anything too tight like yoga pants will be denied. If you're wearing sandals, you must wear socks.
  • If you don't have proper clothing, there is a booth at the entrance of the Grand Palace where you can rent a sarong to cover up.

How to get there

N13° 45' 05.1984"E100° 29' 32.3016"
This photo of the Phra Si Rattana Chedi stupa was taken in the Temple of Emerald Buddha complex, within the Grand Palace. To get here, enter the Grand Palace complex through the main entrance. Once you've entered, you'll easily spot the massive golden stupa on the Upper Terrace. There are two staircases that lead up to the Chedi. For this perspective, choose the staircase on the southern side of the Chedi, closest to the Temple. Stand at the bottom of the staircase and position yourself low to the ground, looking up towards the stupa. Directions: The easiest way to get to the Grand Palace is via the BTS (Skytrain) and the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Take the Silom Line (dark green), get off at Saphan Taksin Station (S6 Station) and take exit 2. Then, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (No.9) and walk for about 10 minutes, following the signs to Grand Palace.


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