Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. One of the most pleasant hotels Bankong CDB is Somerset Lake Point Bangkok, a serviced residence known for its luxury facilities and convenient location. Bangkok is known for its rich culture and heritage, and thus is home to many ancient and holy temples. One such temple is the Wat Phra Kaew.
Also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew was established in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I. Located within the boundaries of the Grand Palace, the Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most popular temples in Bangkok. It serves as a haven of religion and spirituality as well as a symbol of Thai architecture. It also houses the revered Emerald Buddha statute; a statue which is believed to have originated from India and dates back to the year 43BC.
A visit to the temple allows you to witness this amazing structure and its many stunning features. There are many elaborate halls at the temple which are decorated with intricate designs, sculptures and paintings. You can also witness traditional pagodas, constructed following traditional Thai architectural methods, as well as many large and colorful statues depicting various symbols in Thai culture. The temple’s many golden stupas and golden sculptures & designs further contribute to the temple’s grand appearance. Although people are not allowed near the Emarald Buddha, many can see the chamber it is placed in. Three times a year the King of Thailand changes a seasonal cloak placed upon the Emerald Buddha which involves elaborate rituals and ceremonies. These ceremonies are great way to understand Thai culture and the prominence given to Buddhism and their spirituality.
Apart from being an architectural marvel, a visit to Wat Phra Kaew allows you to experience a unique religious and spiritual experience which will bring peace of mind and calmness of the body. Thus, it is a must-visit landmark of Bangkok.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.