Wat Phra Kaew is the most important and one of the most visited Buddhist temple in the country. The official name of the temple is Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram and it is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Sharing its space with Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew is a royal temple which houses the Emerald Buddha. Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha is also located near Wat Phra Kaew. This triangle of attractions is one of the most visited areas in Bangkok; add more value to your Bangkok trip with a car hire from reputed suppliers like Avis and Budget.
The Legend of Wat Phra Kaew
The construction of the temple was started in 1785, the same year when the city was founded. The temple was specially built to house the statue of the Emerald Buddha. There are many legends about the origin of the statue. Some say that it was made in India, another in Sri Lanka and some in Thailand. No one is allowed to touch the Emerald Buddha except the king. Every year in each seasons: summer, winter and rainy, the king changes the costumes of the Emerald Buddha according to the season. It is believed that the statue is brings the good luck and prosperity in the country.
The temple is open daily from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The entry fees is included in the Grand Palace’s ticket. It is advised to go as early as possible to avoid crowd. Also, visitors must wear appropriate clothes such as shirt and long pants. You cannot enter the temple in shorts, transparent or strapless.