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WAT PHRA KAEO || Bangkok Information
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Wat Phra Kaeo, known in English as "The Temple of The Emerald Buddha", was the first permanent structure built in what is now Bangkok. For most Thai people, a visit to Bangkok is not fulfilled unless they visit Wat Phra Kaeo and pray before The Emerald Buddha.

This amazing temple compound is a treasure trove of feasts for your eyes - the architecture, sculptures, murals - the devotion of all the Buddhist worshipers. It is an experience you should not miss.

The Emerald Buddha, which is carved from a solid block of jade, is the most revered in the country and it is believed to guarantee the independence and prosperity of the Nation. The robes on the Emerald Buddha are changed twice a year by H.R.H The King or one of the Royal Family.

The temple compound is surrounded by the Phra Rabiang Galleries which are decorated with murals that portray the "Ramakien" which is the Thai version of the Hindu epic "Ramayana". It is a superb example of the traditional Thai art style.

Historical research has revealed that it was discovered encased in a painted plaster outer covering in Chiang Rai in 1436. It subsequently was moved to Lampang, then to Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang and Vientiane before being brought to Thonburi on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

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