Wat phra kaew- The home of the Emerald Buddha

The Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok also known as Emerald Buddha temple adjoins the Grand palace and these two places are known to be Bangkok’s greatest and biggest attractions for tourists. The compound of the temple is flocked with millions of tourists every year and half of the time you are there, you have to make your way through the various photo shots that are taken by tourists visiting there.

This is an area, which has 100 buildings that are colored brightly and has glittering mosaics and golden spires. This temple goes back to 1782 during the formation of what is known as Bangkok today. Before you can make your way to the Grand Palace, you first stop foot at the temple and the attractions that are nearby

 

Wat Phra’s main attraction – Emerald Buddha

While the temple itself is one of the main and biggest attractions of Thailand, it is also known to be the sacred and important temples in Bangkok. When you are inside the temple, there are certain rules and regulations that have to follow. There are no compromises made on this front.

The statue of Emerald Buddha stands between 60-75 cms in height and although nothing is known much about the temple, however, the one thing that is known is that it is made from Jasper or green jade. The statue is perched high up in a box made out of the glass; this is why it becomes difficult to see the detailing of the statue.

The beauty of this statue is that it shows Buddha sitting in the lotus position and is decorated beautifully during festivals and local occasions of Bangkok. As per what has been stated, this statue was constructed during the 15the century and myth has it that it also became the root cause for many battles that took place before it could finally make Bangkok its home in 1782. Another myth that is attached to the talisman is that for the Thai’s and Thailand, this statue holds a lot of significance. The King personally comes and changes the robe of the statue three times in the year. This is done during the commencement of a new season.

Each season has a special robe that is put on, for the summers or hot season; it is a Gold robe that is diamond encrusted. For the cool season, it is a robe made from Solid gold and during the rainy season, the robe is a gilded monk. Inside the temple, there are various other images of Buddha present.

 

The compound of the temple

The interior walls are round and depict various stories of the Jataka collection. These are stories that are based on the various lives or births of Buddha in the animal and human form. These stories are located inside the temples in the traditional conventions of the Thai culture. In ones that are altering facing, you will find the depictions of Buddha’s victory over Mara the evil demon. It shows how he achieved enlightenment after subduing her. When you are inside the Wat Phra Keo temple, you have to ensure that you take out your shoes before stepping forth the main building. This practice is applicable before visiting any temple even in India.

Although this temple holds a lot of significance for Thailand, however, this only one temple does not house any monks. The temple is surrounded with cloisters, which are a Thai version of Ramakian, which is famously known as the Indian epic story of Lord Ram- Ramayana. There are 178 sections in total and are dated back during the time King Mongkut was in power. On various occasions, they have been restored; the texts are self-explanatory and were devised by Rama V or King Chulalongkorn.

 

Some other viewing pleasures through the mobile app

If you want to know more fascinating details about this place, all you have to do is download the mobile app, which gives you details, and information about Bangkok’s true beauty. You can get information on

The libraries in the temple -Apart from the temple, you also have two libraries which have been constructed to help protect the various literatures of Buddhism which holds a lot of importance. The libraries are impressive and is mostly closed for public however if you do get lucky, then you can surely consider looking at it.

The statue that homes the ashes of Buddha -The Phra Si RattanaChedi is a golden statue that is said to also be the home for Buddha’s ashes.

The 7th Kings who hold importance -Along with that, you also have the Royal Pantheon, which is said to be statues that are fully sized and consist of the first seven kings that were in the reign during the Dynasty of Chakri. The statues numbered Rama -1 to Rama -7 is said to be open for public viewing only once in a year on the 6th of April which is said to be the founding date of the dynasty.

The mythical guardians – Surround that particular area is the Kinaree or mythical guardians that are half bird and half human the Garuda bird of Hinduism. There are various scriptures of Buddhism that is stored in this area called Tripitaka.

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