Getting to Know Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

By Polyglot Petra 2/13/24

Wat Phra Kaew, situated inside the grand palace, was one of the first buildings erected by King Rama I when Bangkok first became the new capital city.  He designated it as his royal chapel, where religious ceremonies are held for his family.

Phaithi Terrace

The most internet famous buildings in the temple

Consists of the famous golden stupa, the terrace houses 2 other buildings. One is Phra Mondop, the religious library, where visitors are not allowed inside.

The other is the Royal Pantheon, in my opinion the most beautiful building in the temple. It's open to the public once a year on the anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty, April 6.

The ordination hall

Where the Emerald Buddha is, the temple's  most sacred building.

Also known in Thai as “Ubosot,” this is the most sacred building in the temple.  A low wall called “Kampaeng Kaew,” or the “barrier of jewels” separates it from the rest of the temple.

Ordination Hall Etiquettes – Shoes and hats off before entering the hall. – No photography is allowed inside. – Keep your voice down. – You can either sit on your feet like the locals or tuck them behind your body, but pointing it away from the Buddha.

The Outer court

You'll walk through a section of the palace before exiting!

This is the old Royal Residence Chakri Maha Prasat, used for the first five kings of the dynasty, and then became a museum in 1910. Currently used as an office for officials and closed to the public.

The Dusit Maha Prasat audience chamber, regarded as the masterpiece of Thai architecture.

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