Amidst the dynamic landscape that is Bangkok you will find everything from sprawling mega malls to chic nightclubs, all bearing testament to the rapidly changing face of the city that has evolved over the centuries. But the Thai capital has by no means forgotten its past which features a rich heritage that is very much a part of its identity. Part of this heritage can be seen in the many temples in the city, one of which is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew Temple or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This sacred site can be found within the grounds that belong to the equally famous Grand Palace and those in search of 5 star hotels in Bangkok from which to reach both these attractions can consider Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok.
The temple was bestowed this name due to the fact that it is home to a revered image of the Buddha that has been carefully carved from a single jade block and which has its origins going back to the 15th century. This Buddhist temple is considered the country’s most important one and dates back to the late 18th century. As you explore this attraction you will come across a variety of pagodas, statues and sacred sites that provide unique insights into the country’s Buddhist heritage. The ornate decorations of the temple are much a part of what makes this site such a captivating place to visit.
On a visit here, you also have other highlights to look forward to. Constructed under the patronage of King Rama IV, there is a fascinating model of Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat that is worth seeing. Also do not forget to visit the Balcony where one can see enthralling murals showcasing tales from the epic Ramayana along with inscriptions made on stone that correspond with the verse that each mural has been created from.
Keep in mind that these are sacred sites so wear suitable attire and avoid shorts, short skirts and any form of revealing clothing.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world. Google+