Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Actually made of jade instead of emerald, and at 66 cm high not very large, but the Emerald Buddha is inarguably the most sacred relic in all of Buddhism. The image is considered a talisman and holds tremendous significance for Thailand and its people.

It is thought to have been made in the 15th century and was the cause of several wars before finally ending up in Bangkok in 1782. The Buddha image is elevated high on a golden pedestal, representing an aerial chariot, and wears a ‘robe’ that is changed three times each year by the King or Crown Prince to mark the changing of the seasons. Admission for foreigners to the Grand Palace is 200THB.

Tips: You cannot take photographs within the chapel itself, but from outside in front, you can zoom in for snapshots through the open window.

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