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Thailand has many interesting sightseeing places, beautiful natural places, and historical and cultural education places. Because Thailand is a Buddhist country, many of these famous places are temples. In this post I'd like to show you Wat Phra Keaw, one of Thailand's landmarks.
Wat Phra Keaw
Wat Phra Keaw or Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is part of Grand Palace and located in the center of Bangkok. Inside of the ordination hall is enshrined the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha's cloak is changed 3 times a year in summer, winter and the rainy season by the king. Visitors are only allowed near the Emerald Buddha to take photos from permitted spots.
When you entrance to the main building you will see the giant statues between gates , and the elegant pagodas. The balcony around the temple has a mural called the Ramayama Epic.
This is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. It is always used for important ceremonies such as the royal coronation and other royal ceremonies. It is the only temple with no monks living in it.
The Grand Palace building is located behind the Ordination Hall, which has been the offical residence of the King of Thailand since 1782. Nowadays, it is used for ceremonial purposes only.
It is a sacred place. Shorts, slippers, sandals, and revealing tops are not allowed, but they offer clothing to cover up while visiting. Please dress appropriately when you visit this temple.
The entrance fee is about 500 baht. There is a local guide service and a personal audio guide is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. Please ask at the information desk.
After enjoying the magnificent buildings at Wat Phra Keaw and the Grand Palace, you can go to Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the national museums by foot or boat.
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