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“Same experience like payton c. Beware!!!!”

Royal Cemetery (Wat Ratchabopit)
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Same as payton c's experience. We were on our way to Won Pat from the grand palace and an " over friendly police "told us that the place is closed for a few hours - prayer time for the king who passed away.. he then will suggest the royal cmetery and will give you a map, help you get a tuk tuk where you,pay 50 B and the rest is like what payton c. Mentioned.
The architect got us a cab outside the cemetery and gave direction to the driver to take us to color gem . we told the driver to take us to china town and he said he cant take us there becuase of traffic so he dropped us off in a corner and we paid him 35B.

Nice temple and cemetery but beware of this scam.there were no other tourist except us. It makes you wonder.
My husband already felt it was a scam and i don't believe him. BUT He was right !!!!

3  Thank erb12341
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Wat Ratchabopit "The Royal Cemetery" Buddhist temple located on the Atsadang Road middle area in the Bangkok city, built during the reign King Chulalongkorn, The beautiful golden Chedi is 43 meter high, not far away from "Wat Suthat" just a few minutes walk.

Thank NarisaB
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Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Recommended by local for the place is open once a year. The architec gave a personal tour of the place and some history.

Thank AngieAng66
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Reviewed 25 December 2014

This is a real place and does have a beautiful temple and tombs. However, the real reason this place is recommended by often "over helpful locals" is because it is a perfect spot for highly sophisticated con operation.

1. the place is quiet and away from the major tourist spots. This is important so they can set up "co-incidents". You may meet a variety of cast, depending on the progress and situation.
2. good place to start with religion & culture and ease into architecture and most importantly, the Ruby or other gems that decorated the temple. A lot of hinting and mind manipulation techniques used in the process.

I experienced it myself with my family today and verified that after came back to hotel and read about similar experiences from others.

The end goal is to get you to believe that 1. ruby is cheap in Thailand. 2. there is some once in a decade good opportunity such as government tax free day going on that will end very soon. 3. there are many foreigners in similar background as you who are profiting from buying rubies.

Just remember that pretty much from the moment you met the "nice" local, everyone you met by occasion is part of the con group. The local (e.g. a self claimed "tourist police"), tuck tuck driver, the "manager" type you met at the temple are all part of the play. You may overhear other tourist with similar background as yours (western, asian and etc) talking, you may ask other locals or tourists to verify the information you received, they are all part of the con to make you believe some special Ruby event is going on, the government tax free day is on or whatever. Once you believe that and visit the ruby shop, the con is 80% done.

The alarming part is that the scam is well organized with a large and diverse cast members. It also has multiple hook mechanisms to ease your doubt or try to lure a walking away sheep (YOU) back into the herd.

Anyone who initiate conversation with you proactively is likely a con. Even if (especially) he dresses respectfully and claims he is the "manager" or some type of semi authoritative/expert figure. Anyone who is surprised by your visit to a non tourist spot is almost 100% con.

I will not elaborate too much on the con process because it is dynamic. You can google keyword "ruby bangkok scam" yourself.

Enjoy the temple if you happen to be there, but I would not recommend it. It is just not worth it especially if you believed some "local" tourist policy's false unavailability claim and turned to this place instead.

7  Thank Payton C
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a beautiful temple which has the advantage of having a perfectly maintained garden containing very interesting mausoleums of the royal family. There are no tourists there and it is very interesting place as are the gardens across the road. If you are interested in Bangkok's wats this is a must see place.

2  Thank khellon
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