Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke also known as King Rama 1 was the initiator to build the temple of the Emerald Buddha when he moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. History has it that, the statue has travelled from India to Cambodia, Laos, Vientiane and finally to Thailand. The statue of Buddha in the meditating posture is painstakingly carved from a single block of Jade and is placed on a high stage made by several platforms preventing visitors from reaching the statuette except the Thai King. The eminent details of the Buddha face and the Sivura (cloak) is delicately carved from the jade emphasising the crafters super aptitude.
The King covers the statue in richly designed cloaks on three timelines of the year in correspondence to the three seasons – summer, winter and rain. It is believed that this ritual brings good fortune into the country in these given seasons. The Emerald Buddha statue is placed in a building named the “ubosot” and it is the most treasured icon of Thai nationals. The temple of the statue is beautifully decorated and is soothing to the eye. The atmosphere fills you up with a sense of relief and admiration at the same time. The balcony, also known as the temple walls bear the murals that unfold the epic Ramayana tale. You will be able to visit this fabulous entity from 8.30am – 3.30pm and must ensure to wear decent clothing at all times as a respect for this holy sanctuary.
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