Wat Phra Kaew & Thailand Temples

The most visited temple in Bangkok kingdom of Thailand.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Why the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is special?

Wat Phra Kaew in Grand Palace Bangkok ThailandWat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is an exuberantly colored religious compound built inside the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.The temple's architecture is visually striking.

The temple's largest and most important building is the Bot (loosely translated as "house of meditation"). Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok is Thailand's most sacred shrine and the king's personal chapel, but everyone is welcome to visit it.

Within the Bot resides the world famous Emerald Buddha (actually made of green jade, not emerald). This 500-year-old holy statue is perched so high above the Bot's golden altar and is so small (only 66 centimeters or 26 inches high) that you could easily miss it if you didn't know where to look.

Original Info: hillmanwonders.com

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