"Yakshas" Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew Tip by leffe3

Those cheerful looking, bigger than life statues found guarding the gates of the compound are known as Yakshas. Placed at the beginning of the 18th century, they are said to protect the Emeald Buddha from evil spirits - interesting as the yakshas represent characters from the Ramakien - including, in the case of the green yaksha, the demon king Tosakan.

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