Precious Temple – Wat Phra Kaew
Thailand Tour; Temple of Emerald Buddha is the most valued statue in Bangkok, Thailand. If it is not in use by the important religious ceremonies which is conducted by the royal families, you can visit. The temple’s construction was finished at 1784 and it is also the date when Wat Phra Kaew became the royal chapel. Wat Phra Kaew, a nice start to the tour of Thailand.
History of the Temple of Emerald Buddha
Today we still do not know if the temple was made of jade or jasper because it has never been investigated. Despite the name suggests, it is not made of emerald. The statue was found near Chiang Rai in 1434 but its original creation is still unknown. There are rumors that it has stayed more than 200 years at Laos and legends say that it also has been in Angkor Wat for a period of time and even travelled to Sri Lanka. No matter what, Thai people embrace the Emerald Buddha statue and connect this piece of artwork to their country’s wealth.
You might be surprised to find out that the statue is only 66 centimeters or 26 inches. When you compare Wat Phra Kaew with the other Buddha statues, it is relatively small in size but it does not affect the fact that the statue is seen as a very important religious figure by Thai people. There is a very strict rule about not touching the Emerald Statue since the right to touch it only belongs to the King and the highest ranking member of a royal family. The King changes the golden garment three times a year while a religious formal ritual takes place with an assistant to help the King.
How to Get to the Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew is located on Grand Palace in Bangkok. You can take a boat to visit there since it does not cost too much and the view on the river is priceless. You can also take a taxi but most probably all taxi drivers will try to take extra money from you or they can even lie about the Grand Palace being closed. We recommend you to take a boat to visit.
Dress Code and Other Informations
If there is an important religious ceremony, unfortunately you cannot visit Wat Phra Kaew, but if not, the temple is always open to the public visitors. It would be best to keep in mind that you cannot take photos inside of the temple. If you pay 500 Baht for gaining entrance to Grand Palace, you can also go in Wat Phra Kaew without paying twice. The temple is open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, the ticket office closes down at 3:30 pm.
The dress code is very strict. You cannot wear revealing clothes in the temple, and if you do not dress appropriately, the sellers around the Grand Palace will try to sell you overpriced t-shirts and clothing items. It is best to dress according to the dress code to save your money to spend on other Thailand malls. Here is the dress code you need to follow if you are planning to visit:
- Cover your tattoos.
- You cannot wear torn off jeans.
- No yoga pants.
- Cover your knees and shoulders.
And also there are other rules to follow when you are going inside the Temple of Emerald Buddha:
- No smoking, eating or chewing gum.
- Do not point at the statue of Buddha or touch it.
- You cannot turn your back at any item that is related to Buddha.
Hope your visit will be much easier and more fun with those information.