Temple Of The Emerald Buddha
The Emerald Buddha in The Grand Palace is the main beautiful temple attraction. It is located in the middle of Bangkok and on the banks of Bangkok’s major river the Chao Phraya. The name of the temple in Thai language is Wat Phra Kaew and in English as The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This beautiful image of the meditating Gautama Buddha seated in a yogic posture. It carved of a solid semi-precious green jade, clothed in gold and diamonds. It’s about 66 centimetres (26 inches) in height and 48.3 centimetres (19 inches) in width at the lap. Hundreds of tourists and pilgrims line up every day to look at this image.
This is Thailand’s most significant sacred Buddhist temple and utmost precious religious icon of the Thai Royal Family. Thai people strongly believe it brings prosperity and good fortune to a country in which it resides.
The first-time visitor usually surprise to see such a tiny Buddha perched high on a nine-metre pedestal. That is almost to the ceiling in the ordination hall. The image has been elevated above the heads of visitors because it is a sign of respect.
The Emerald Buddha in Bangkok
It has been sitting there since 1784 CE. Before 1784 CE, the figurine traveled for hundreds of years throughout India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Laos dispensing miracles. In 1778, King Taksin went into battle with Laos and retrieved The Emerald Buddha which he enshrined in Wat Arun, in Thonburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok.
The new capital of Thailand was established in Bangkok in 1782 under King Rama I. A magnificent new temple was built to house The Emerald Buddha and then transferred to The Grand palace.
Seasonal Costumes Of Emerald Buddha
The Emerald Buddha has seasonal costumes which the King of Thailand or a senior member of the royal family change ceremonially three times a year. That’s why, It has defined as Summer season, Rainy season, Winter season. The ceremony is held at the start of each of the three seasons according to astrological dates in the first waning moon of the lunar months 4, 8 and 12, around March, August and November. Of course, you cannot see all three different look of decorative Buddha at your single visit because it changes seasonally. But you can choose the time when you like to see in person or whenever you are there.
So, this way visitors can see different Buddha seated in a set of three seasonal decorations.
How to Get There
1. The Grand Palace complex is on Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok. You can rent a Chao Phraya River express taxi of orange flags and alight at Tha Chang pier. After a 500-metre walk, you will see the Grand Palace on your right.
2. Skytrain (BTS): Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station, Exit 2 and follow the signs to the boat pier. Take the express taxi nine stops north to the Tha Chang (Elephant) pier. Then it is a short walk to the Grand Palace.
3. Subway or MRT: Get off at Hua Lamphong Station, Exit 4. Then walk to the Bangkok Center Hotel and take bus number 25 or 53.