Wat Phra Kaew is one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist temples in Chiang Rai. It is unclear when the temple was founded. The temple was originally called Wat Pa Yeah or Wat Pa Yah as it was surrounded by a dense yellow bamboo grove locally known as Yeah or Yah. In 1434 the temple's octagonal Chedi (Pagoda) was struck by lightning and it fell apart to reveal Phra Kaew Morakot, the Emerald Buddha, which was hidden inside it. The Emerald Buddha is now at the temple of the same name in Bangkok, but this temple in Chiang Rai has also been named accordingly.
- Open days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
08:00 to 17:00
19 Moo 1 Soi Trairat, Phahonyothin Rd., Wiang, Muang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 5371 1385 +66 (0) 5371 5875