Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in Thailand. It is the figure of the sitting Buddha which is 45 cm tall, made of green jadeite and clothed in gold. This beautiful masterpiece is kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha Facts

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is known as Wat Phra Kaew is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. This beautiful temple is located in the centre of Bangkok. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is made of one single block of jade. It is a Buddha image in the meditating position which dates back to the 15th century AD.

The temple is on a raised platform and no person is permitted to go near the Buddha statue except HM the King. The robe of the statue is changed three times according to the season- summer, winter and rainy. When the robe has to be changed, it’s a special ritual that is performed and is done only by the King so as to bring good fortune to the country. The most fascinating thing about the temple is that anyone who enters the temple find a great sense of peace.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha Information

Denomination Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism
Founded 18th Century
Founder(s) King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I)
Country Thailand

As per the old legend, the Emerald Buddha was made in India during the 43 BC in the city of Pataliputra. This masterpiece was kept for 300 years and then taken to Sri Lanka to protect it from a civil war. Then later, King Anuruth of Burma asked for the Emerald Buddha and the scriptures to keep Buddhism alive in his country. During the transit the ship lost its way in a storm and the statue landed in Cambodia. From here on, the Emerald Buddha was taken to many places where it finally landed in Thailand.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Things to See and Things to Do in Temple of the Emerald Buddha

There are many other attractions and things to do in the Wat Phra Kaew. A few sites include the model of Angkor Wat. The balcony is something that one should not miss as it is like the temple wall. Inside are murals that explain the Ramayana epic. The balcony has columns which has stone inscriptions describing the murals. Every gate of the balcony has five meter tall ‘Yaksa tavarnbal’ that guard the statue.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a scared place; therefore every visitor who comes there needs to dress appropriately. Clothes like shorts, revealing tops, slippers sandals are not allowed. In case you need something appropriate to wear there, trousers are available on rent. The place provides a guide who is available from 10:00 to 14:00. A charge of 125 baht is for the temple admission.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha Other Monuments

  • Grand Palace
  • Pagodas
  • Library
  • Model of Angkor Wat
  • Hermit Statue
  • Nine Towers
  • Elephant Statues

 

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