Wat Phra Kaew & Thailand Temples

The most visited temple in Bangkok kingdom of Thailand.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Royal Pantheon in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand

Guardian around Royal Pantheon in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, ThailandThe Royal Pantheon in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok was constructed during the reign of King Rama IV in 1855. He intended to place the Emerald Buddha here but the building was not completed until after his death.

His successor, King Rama V, considered the building too small to accommodate the congregation at royal ceremonies so the Emerald Buddha was not placed in this building.

A small gilt stupa belonging to King Rama IV was placed there instead.

In 1903 the gilt stupa and part of the edifice were destroyed by fire. King Rama VI repaired the building as the Royal Pantheon of the Chakri Dynasty.

Royal Pantheon in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, ThailandHe then installed life size statues of the five preceding kings, those of King Rama VI, VII, and VIII were installed later.

The Royal Pantheon is open to the public each year on April the 6th, the anniversary of the founding of the Chakri Dynasty, to pay homage to their past sovereigns.

Royal Pantheon is called Prasat Phra Thep Bidon in Thailand which means "The Shrine of the celestial Ancestors".
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Info: infothai.com

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