2 of the 12 giant guardians protecting the temple: Maiyarap and Wirunchambang
Welcome to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha in English)–the most sacred Buddhist temple in all of Thailand. Construction began in the late 1700s. Since it’s creation, future dynasties and kings continued to work on this incredible structure, to gain religious merit.
Wat Phra Kaew stretches across over 200 acres with over 100 different buildings.
Around the perimeter is the Ramakien Gallery, covered in insanely intricate paintings depicting the triumph of good over evil. The dimly lit murals stretch for over a mile. They were first painted in 1783, but require a lot of maintenance because the gallery doesn’t have exterior walls.
The green sculpture below is known as a Panom Mak. It represents the traditional offerings of banana leaves and flowers.
The Phra Mondop was commissioned by Rama I.
It was built to house Buddhist manuscripts and isn’t open to the public. The 7 tiered pyramid is protected by more giant guardians.
Phra Mondop, a library filled with sacred texts
The Phra Si Rattana Chedi, a dome with gold mosaic tiles imported from Italy
The Ubosot (aka Ordination Hall) is decorated with 112 golden Garudas.
Wat Phra Kaew is an incredible destination. If you’re into architecture, details and art, don’t miss out on this stop. And don’t forget to wear pants or a long dress. Gotta cover those knees! (men and women alike)
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Amazing photos of an amazing temple. Thanks.
Thanks so much!