Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Jade Buddha is located with in the grounds of the Grand Palace, the office residence of the King of Siam. Inside this beautiful Bangkok temple is a small Buddha statue made from pure jade, the translucent emerald-green gem stone. The Buddha Statue is only 66cm tall and is dressed in ceremonial clothing with different styles depending on the season.
The Temple of the Jade Buddha dates back to 1785. Unlike most Buddhist Temples, Wat Phra Kaew does not have accommodation for practicing monks. The temple is purely decorative for holding one of the most important Buddhist statues in Thailand.
You can enter inside the temple, first you must remove your shoes and leave them in the shoe racks located to the side of the front entrance.
You also need to be wearing long pants, which is the same rule for all Buddhist temples in Thailand. Both men and women have to have their legs covered. If you are wearing shorts (which is understandable as Bangkok is HOT), you can rent a sarong which you wrap around your legs to keep them covered.
Entrance into the Temple of the Jade Buddha is included in the cost to enter the Grand Palace grounds.
Crowds at the Temple of the Jade Buddha can be large with lots of pushy tourists trying to get into the front door before you. Be patience, this is a Holy place so ignore these rude people!
There is an entrance fee of 400 Baht which takes you into see Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace are open everyday from 8.30m - 3.30pm.