Wat Phra Kaew

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The temple is located in the center of Bangkok district Phra Nakhon, within the territory of the Grand Palace. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha situated within the grounds of the Bangkok Grand Palace. Inside, it contains some of refined examples of Buddhist sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative craft in Thailand. The temple houses a diminutive jade statue, the Emerald Buddha. According to popular belief, the Emerald Buddha is ancient and came from Sri Lanka. Art historians, however, generally believe that it was crafted in 14th century Thailand. Like many other Buddha statues in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha is covered in a seasonal costume, which is changed three times a year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy months.
The wat is actually series of courtyards full of pagodas towers in gold and broken porcelain and smaller wats containing Buddhas of various poise and size. The wall surrounding the temple area is painted with scenes from the Thai version of the Ramayana mythology, the Ramakian.

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