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Wat Phra Kaeo temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Wat Phra Kaeo is a popular temple in the Chiang Rai Province and in Thailand. It is a famous tourist attraction because of its immaculate construction work, location and also because of the fact that the Emerald Buddha was originally found here. The Emerald Buddha is not only popular in Thailand, but in the entire world. During the 14th century, Wat Phra Kaeo housed this Buddha image. It is said that a lightening bolt hit a chedi, which resulted in opening it through a crack where the Emerald Buddha was found. This famous statue is now placed in a temple in Royal Palace of Bangkok and Wat Phra Kaeo features is an almost similar replica, which is shorter by just 1mm. Apart from the replica, Wat Phra Kaeo also features a two story air-conditioned museum and beautiful ambience with verdant greenery on the grounds.

The entrance of Wat Phra Kaeo

Wat Phra Kaeo is inclusive of more than hundred vibrantly colored constructions, golden spires and sparkling mosaics. These works date back to the period when Bangkok was founded around 1782.

The work of constructing the temple began in 1785, when King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) shifted the capital to Bangkok from Thonburi. This temple is not like any other temples. There are no quarters made for the monks of the temple, rather it only features pagodas, statues and highly decorated holy constructions. The famous Emerald Buddha is placed in the main building, which is the central ubosot.

After catching the glimpse of the nearby attractions, the visitors need to enter the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaeo is among the most prominent and holy temples that are often visited by tourists in Thailand. One can find a small Emerald Buddha, placed high above inside the palace. The statue is made of real Emerald, and it is placed very high. Photography is strictly prohibited here.

One of the rare pictures of the Emerald Buddha inside Wat Phra Kaeo

Apart from the Emerald Buddha, there are other attractions of Wat Phra Kaeo as well. An Angkor Wat model was built here by King Rama IV when Siames took control over the Cambodia. Later on, the model was restored by using plaster work as per the wish of King Rama V to honor the Royal City’s first anniversary. The Balcony is another attraction. You will find several murals that depict the spic of Ramayana completely. The gates of the Balcony are guarded by giant-like figures that are five meters tall. These figures are said to be the Yaksa Tavarnbal, characters of Ramayana.

It is to be remembered that there are certain restrictions to visit this sacred temple. Sandals, slippers, shorts and revealing outfits are strictly not allowed. One must wear proper attire to visit this temple.

Every detail, like on this column are really beautiful.

Guides can be availed between 10:00 and 14:00 and apart from that tourists can also take the help of Personal Audio Guide that is available in English, German, French, Mandarin Russian, Japanese, and Spanish. Entrance fee to Wat Phra Kaeo is 125 baht.

You will find information about the Emerald Buddha and this temple in English abnd Thai.

Some other buddhas in the same complex.

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