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Wat Phra Kaew วัดพระแก้ว

The Temple, or Chapel Royal, of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew (วัดพระแก้ว) is located in a separate complex within the compound of the Grand Palace, and is Thailand's holiest shrine. Officially named Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram, the temple complex was modeled along the same lines as grand chapels from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras. No monks reside within the temple. Construction of this site started in 1782, the year of the founding of Bangkok, as a shrine for the Emerald Buddha, a 66-cm tall jadeite statue and Thailand's most sacred Buddha image.

The Emerald Buddha, thought to be Lanna (Chiang Mai region) in style, sits atop an ornate gilded altar inside the 'bot' or royal chapel. The image wears three different costumes depending on the season: a crown and jewelry in the hot season; a golden shawl in winter; and a gilt robe and headdress in the rains. Each change of costume is presided over by the reigning monarch.

Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha Wat Phra Kaew (DTHB221)
Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha Wat Phra Kaew (DTHB221)
West side Pavilions and Sri Ratana Chedi (DTHB175)
West side Pavilions and Sri Ratana Chedi (DTHB175)
Wat Phra Kaew Sema Stone Shrine  (DTHB173)
Wat Phra Kaew Sema Stone Shrine (DTHB173)
Ho Phra Khanthararat Window (DTHB170)
Ho Phra Khanthararat Window (DTHB170)
Phra Viharn Yod (DTHB125)
Phra Viharn Yod (DTHB125)
Hor Phra Naga (DTHB123)
Hor Phra Naga (DTHB123)