Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew buddhist temple, which hosts the arguably the most magnificent structures of Bangkok, is certainly an attraction not to be missed. Wat Phra, a.k.a Emerald Buddha is home to more than a hundred colorful buildings.
The bell-shaped towers called Chedi, the huge sculptures of the guard demons called Yaksha, a model of the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia are some of the structures here.
The most highly appreciated work in the complex is the statue of the holy “Emerald Buddha”. This sculpture, which has a very important place in Thai history and culture, is exhibited in one of the temples, but it is a bit hard to see because it is small in size and stands high.
In addition, Ramakian, the Thai version of the famous Hindu legend Ramayana, is portrayed in a magnificent way on the walls of some buildings.
The buddhist temple, officially called Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, seems to be not much different from other Buddhist temples when viewed from the outside. However, what makes the temple so important is its statue of a Buddha sculpture 66 cm high carved on a single green emerald block, placed in the heart of the temple, in the statue of Emerald Buddha (Emerald Buddha-Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn) Sitting Buddha told.
The statue is not allowed to approach anyone except the King. The Wat Phra Kaew Temple has 3 gates. Only the King and Queen can pass from the central gate. It is entered from one of the 2 doors on the front side and leaves the other after the visit is completed.
Since temples are religious places, officials are very sensitive about clothes. You must have clothes to cover your feet, legs and arms, and shoes should be removed when you enter the temple.
The dress code is applicable to both men and women. Those who do not have the proper clothes can borrow suitable clothes at the entrance of the Grand Palace.
Wat Phra Kaew Entrance Fee: 500 baht (This ticket also allows entry into the Vimanmek museum in Dusit)
Wat Phra Kaew Opening hours: 08.30-15.30
How to get Wat Phra Kaew?
How to go Wat Phra Bangkok: Walking from Khao San Road, Chao Phraya riverboat from the city center and buses to Tha Chang Pier or 508-512.