Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai. According to legend, the Emerald Buddha statue was (re)discovered when a bolt of lightning hit a chedi (stupa) on the grounds, cracking it open and revealing the Buddha inside.

Stupa - Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai

The temple grounds also include a compact but excellent two-story museum.

Museum - Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai

A building a the rear of the Wat houses a near-exact replica (1mm shorter!) of the Emerald Buddha. The original is now housed in Bangkok in the temple of the same name, within the grounds of the Royal Palace.

Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai

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