Constructions of the temple reached completion in 1784, and it became the religious chapel of the royal family. Since then, the structure has been refurbished and altered according to the imagination of Thai kings.
The Emerald Buddha
Its importance may not reflect in its size; it is only 26 inches tall. Despite its miniature size, the statue is considered to be the most important religious embodiments in Thai history. No one is allowed to touch the statue, that is, except for the king; the king may touch the statue on three occasions for the purpose of changing its attire.
History of the statue
History dictates that the statue was discovered in 1434 near Chiang Rai. The composition of the statue is unknown as no one has been allowed much time to examine the statue. Some speculate that the Emerald Buddha was carved in Sri Lanka because of its posture and style.
Accommodation near Wat Phra Kaew
The temple has become a major tourist highlight, which has given rise to many a Bangkok city hotel in the vicinity; this includes the likes of Pathumwan Princess Hotel.
The most common way of getting there is by river taxi, which, as it happens, is the cheapest way of getting to the site. You also have the option of taxis; however, the prices may vary, and you may need to put your haggling skills to work.