"Wat Phra Kraew-Temple of Emerald Buddha (1)" Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew Tip by machomikemd
Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok: 91 reviews and 199 photos
This will by my tips of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, I will have a separate tips for the Grand Palace area.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located on the ground of the Royal Palace in Bangkok. It is the most revered Buddhist shrine in Thailand. It is located in the historic center of Bangkok (district Phra Nakhon), That is why a visit to the grand palace complex includes this Temple. The main building is the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Even though it is small in size it is the most important icon for Thai people and is also claimed by the cambodians and laotians since this emerald buddha changed hands many times in the past hence Wat Preah Keo, in Phnom Penh, is considered by many modern Cambodians as its rightful resting place, whereas, Haw Phra Kaew, in Vientiane, is considered by many Lao people as the Emerald Buddha's rightful place. There are other things to see in the Emerald Buddha Complex like a model of Angkor Wat (see my separate tips), the Phra Mondop Library, the Phra Sri Rattana, Prasat Pra Tep Bidorn, assorted Kinnaree Statues (see my separate tips) and more.
The wall surrounding the temple area is painted with scenes from the Thai version of the Ramayana mythology, the Ramakian. Also originating from the Ramayana are the monkey kings and giants which surround the golden chedis. The Temple also contains a model of Angkor Wat, added by King Nangklao (Rama III), as the Khmer empire of Cambodia and the Thais share cultural and religious roots (Thailand was a vassal state of the Khymer Empire before and became the Ayutthaya empire, which ruled laos. cambodia and parts of south vietnam before the Burmese detroyed the empire in the 17th century).
The combined compound is open 8:30am to 3:30 pm everyday. Cost is 200 Baht per person. Thai nationals Enter for free.
Address: Maharaj Pier, Chao Phraya, Bangkok
Directions: Ordinary buses 44, 47 and 91 stop on Thaiwang road between Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew. Ordinary buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 82 and 91 also stop on Maharat road, on the west of Wat Phra Kaew
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