"Wat Phra Kaew and the Emerald Buddha" Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew Tip by Waxbag

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Located right on the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River, the Wat is apart of the Grand Palace enclosure that was constructed in 1782. The complex includes several stupas and pagodas set on multi-leveled platforms with bonsai trees, Buddha statues, fountains, enormous painted dragon-like devils, and large porcelain bowls with lotus flowers all enclosed in an inner wall that is painted with Thai mythical stories with figures in gold leaf. The temple structures, completely adorned in tile and mirrors, seemingly float over the white marble pavement. The gold stupa reaching for the sky is unbearable to look at with the sun?s strength. Even with the masses of people who all need to get their photo with the gold devils with the frightening faces, this place seems peaceful.

Legend oozes out of the Emerald Buddha. It was first discovered in Chain Rai in the north of Thailand?s Golden Triangle in 1434. The image was covered in plaster and thought valueless until an abbot noticed a green interior after a piece of plaster cracked off. The abbot thought the Buddha image was emerald, hence the name, but it is actually jade. After a break in the succession of kings, the Buddha was enshrined in Luang Prabang, Laos until 226 years later when the Thai army recovered the Buddha for Thailand. It now rests at Wat Phrae Kaew.

Address: Maharaj Pier, Chao Phraya, Bangkok
Phone: 02-224-1833
Website: http://www.discoverthailand.com/

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  • Updated Jan 2, 2009
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