Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew or more commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most sacred temple of the Buddhist religion in Thailand and in our opinion is one of the most beautiful temples as well. This temple can also be very densely populated during the holiday seasons and can provide a number of items for tourists in gift shops to purchase.
Wat Phra Kaew began its construction in 1782 when king Rama founded the Chakri Dynasty, it was here that he placed the Emerald Buddha Thailand’s sacred object. Its construction finished in 1784 for Rama’s coronation which then preceded to happen in 1785. Over the past few hundred years, it has had a number of renovations, restorations as well as additions too. The last restoration was completed in 1982 for the 200 year anniversary of the dynasty, most of these restorations have seen many appraise by critics, unlike some other temples.
WAT PHRA KAEW: THE BUILD
When looking at this area from a bird’s eye view you will find many different buildings which surround the grand palace and temple. It covers over 230 acres of land and over 100 buildings which all serve different purposes, as well as some, having different styles due to when they were constructed. The main temple itself is one of the most gorgeous building in Bangkok in my opinion. The roof being established in orange and green tiles, the pillars which can be seen from quite a few miles away are made from mosaic and pediments made from rich marble. The entrance to the temple itself is guarded by 2 Taiwanese mythical creatures called Yakshis which are 16ft tall. There is a lot more to write about in this beautiful building but for us, you’d have to visit and see it yourself to be as enamoured as we are with it
If you’re looking to visit this wonderful temple and complex then read about these need to know points in this paragraph. Opening hours are from 8:30 till 3:30 which means you need to get their early to miss a lot of the tourist bustling nonsense, you will also find a guide that will speak in a number of languages from 10:00 till 14:00 as well as a personal audio guide. Temple admission has increased over the last few years, you can now expect to pay 500 baht for admission (pricy we know). One of the things that are a must when going to this temple is to dress appropriately, as this is a place of worship so what you need to take into consideration is not to wear the following; sandals, shorts, slippers or short sleeved shirts. You can also rent some official trousers if you don’t have the correct ones with you, these can usually cost depending on the holiday season from 50 to 100 baht.