Temple of the Emerald Buddha Bangkok - Monuments and Historic Buildings
Wat Phra Kaeo is the most sacred temple of Thailand, which is situated on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
The Emerald Buddha is a holy figurine of sitting Buddha made up of green Jade, clothed in gold and stands about 45 cm tall.
The statue of Buddha, according to legend, was made in Patliputra, India and has traveled numerous locations under flagship of different kings until its final resting place in Wat Phra Kaeo.
The construction of the Temple started in 1785 by King Rama I and it contains holy buildings, pagodas and statues.
The Emerald Buddha is situated in Ubosoth. The outer walls of this temple are painted with a Thai version of Ramayana mythology, the Ramakian. It has three entrances, but only the King and Queen can use the central entrance.
The temple also houses a model of Angokar Wat, which has just recently been added in the list of the 7-Wonders of the World. To enter the premises of the temple, one has to wear long trousers, no matter what the season.