Wat Phra or temple of Emerald Buddha is one of the holiest places and the highly cherished Buddhist temple in Thailand in Bangkok. Formally known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, this tourist destination attracts a lot of clients from all around the globe every year. Your trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting this amazing place. Positioned on the grounds of the Grand Palace, it preserves Phra Kaew Morakot - the Emerald Buddha – a beautifully carved image of Lord Buddha. The statue is designed with a single block of Jade. Lord Buddha is in the meditating pose in the way of the Lanna School of the north, dating from the 15th century AD.
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The temple of the Emerald Buddha Wat PhraKaew is perhaps the most sacred places in Bangkok that has set great standards for other monuments. The astonishing interior, creative architecture and the appealing emergence of Wat Phra Kaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha leave most tourists fascinated. The statue of Lord Buddha signifies the amalgamating interaction between Buddhism and Realm in Thailand.
Wat Phra Kaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha is also considered a destination for Thai superstitions. The grandmaster of the statue of Buddha image and other substances strongly believes that there are so many mysterious powers in the temple of the Emerald Buddha Wat Phra Kaew. According to the legends, the unity and prosperity of Thai kingdom depend on this holy place. The intensely respected Thai king draws his ethical and religious right from an apparent association to PhraKaew, itself considered to summarize the royal merits. Rattanakosin – this phrase was earlier used for the capital of the king; now it is used to tag Thai art and construction, etc.
Where and when Wat Phra Kaew Emerald Buddha was built is an ambiguity. According to the tales, it was fabricated by the Hindu God – Indra about 2,000 years back in India. But some legends believe that it arrived at Thailand from Sri Lanka.
The imaginative mode of the statue looks to obtain from what’s currently Northern Thailand in the 13th or 14th centuries. Earlier, only the Thai king or prince was allowed to touch Phra Kaew. When it comes to historical evidence, Wat Phra Kaew Emerald Buddha was evidently enclosed in stucco and set aside in a chedi in Chiang Rai during the 15th century.
One of the most amazing attractions of this place is the statues of demons – Yakshas who are pretty tall and located on all the gates of the temple. It is believed that these are guards to protect the Wat Phra and Emerald Buddha. The grounds contain eight Khmer-style bumps, a huge bell-shaped chedi apparently enclosing a remnant of the Buddha himself, and a mondop that gleams with delicately comprehensive doors and mosaic-coated pillars. Everything is saturated in gold leaf, elaborate jewels and glassy ceramic objects in various colors, all positioned on marble pediments.
When you have a plan to spend your vacations in Bangkok, don’t miss a chance to visit Wat Phra and Emerald Buddha.