Situated in the compound of the Grand Palace , Wat Phra Kaew , better known as the temple of the Emerald Buddha, was built as a royal temple when Bangkok was founded in1782. The most important building in the temple grounds is the ordination hall, or ubosot , which house the Emerald Buddha, Thailand most revered religious icon. Exquisite carved from a single block of jade, the icon’ s seasonal robes are changed three times a year by His Majesty the King, a very important tradition believed to bring the country good fortune
One of the most symbolic landmarks in Bangkok, the majestic prang (or Khmer style tower) of the Temple of Dawn dominates the skyline on the Nonthaburi bank of the Chao Praya river. Construction on the prang first began in the reign of King Rama II (1809 – 1824) and was completed by King Rama III (1824 – 1851). The central tower is 76 meters high, is decorated by thousands of tiny seashells and pieces of Chinese porcelain and is protected by an array of demons and monkeys. Arun means morning and the temple is best viewed at dawn or sunset from the opposite river bank
During the reign of King Rama III, the decision was made to build a stupa of huge dimensions to add to the Wat Saket temple as a mock up from the one in Ayuthaya province. A Buddha relic from India was housed in the stupa for visiting and praying. There is an important festival at Wat Saket every November that includes a beautiful candlelight procession up Golden Mount.
Ordered by King Rama V, The Ananta Samakhom Thorne Hall (The two-storey white marble palace) is a former reception hall within Dusit Palace in Bangkok. It now serves as a museum and it is from time to time employed for certain state occasions. There is a large dome in the centre, surrounded by six smaller domes. The domes and walls are covered with paintings depicting the history of the Chakri Dynasty, from the first to the sixth reign.
Built in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed. Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. Now the palace is still used for other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.
It represents the official centre of Bangkok. It is within this shrine that the city’s guardian deity, Phra Sayam Thewathirat, resides and from which the city derives its power. Many Thais believe their wishes will be granted if they worship at the shrine.
Or Wat Pho, known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. It is a first grade royal monastery, regarded as the most important one during the reign of King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty.
The monument was commissioned for the Siamese Revolution of 1932 which led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in what was then the Kingdom of Siam, by its military ruler, in the Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram Phibun period. Moreover, there is a Kilometer Sign that telling the 0 kilometer in main Thailand route number 1, 3 and 4 is located there, disjoining into different roads in Bangkok until the beginning of the main Thailand Route.
Santi Chaiprakarn Park
The Santi Chaiprakarn Park (known by the locals as “Suan Santi”) runs along the stretch of the Chao Phraya River, and is a favorite hangout for Thai youngsters and tourists alike. The park was built around the Phra Sumen Fort, one of the only two remaining forts built in the reign of King Rama I to protect the city.
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