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"Wat Phra Kaew" and The Grand Palace

  • The Jewel of Rattanakosin

King Rama I succeeded to the throne of Chakkri Dynasty and established the Grand Palace on May 6, 1782, which is located on the East bank of the Chao Phraya River. The Grand Palace has the total area of 152.5 rai (approximately 243,400 sq.m.), divided into four parts. They are (1) The Outer Court, (2) The Middle Court, (3) The Inner Court and(4) Wat Pra Sri Rattana Sasadaram (the official name of Wat Pra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Wat Phra Kaew is a temple in the Grand Palace modeled from the ancient Phra Sri Sanpet Temple in the royal palace in the Ayutthaya period. Wat Pra Kaew is rich in beautiful architectural structures such as Pra Sri Rattana Chedi, statues of Kings in Chakkri Dynasty, Bell Towers, Pra Montop, Montien Dharma Tower, and most importantly “Pra Bhuddha Maha Manee Ratanapimakorn” or the Emerald Buddha which is considered as the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Moreover, for anyone who is passionate about the classical Thai arts both in architecture and handicrafts, Wat Phra Kaew is the place where you should not miss because there are murals of Ramayana literature which is the longest murals in Thailand as well.

"The Royal Grand Palace of the Thai Kings is ranked as one of the most beautiful palaces in the world by CNN news sites in the United States on the topic of World's most visited palaces and castles. The Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew welcomes more than 8,000,000 visitors per year and is on the 3rd rank of the most visited palace in the world. "

"Wat Pra Kaew” is a Buddhist temple with no Buddhist monks residing because it is built and dedicated to the Holy Lord Buddha”, stated by Luangpu Man Puritatto, the revered Thai Buddhist monk of Forest Dweller Sect (1870-1949)