Bangkok

IMG_0028I received this beautiful postcard some time ago and just found it to add to my collection on this blog. It shows a night view of Wat Phra Keo, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand and is situated in the historic city of Bangkok within the precincts of the Grand Palace.

The main building is the central ubosoth, which houses the statue of the Emerald Buddha. The legendary history of this Buddha image is traced to India, five centuries after the Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, till it was finally enshrined in Bangkok at the Wat Phra Kaew temple in 1782 during Rama I‘s reign (1782–1809). This marked the beginning and raise of the Chakri Dynasty of the present Kingdom of Thailand (the present head of the dynasty is King Rama IX.) The Emerald Buddha, a dark green statue, is in a standing form, about 66 centimetres (26 in) tall, carved from a single jade stone (Emerald in Thai means deep green colour and not the specific stone). It is carved in the meditating posture in the style of the Lanna school of the northern Thailand. Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch the statue. The King changes the cloak around the statue three times a year, corresponding to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons, an important ritual performed to usher good fortune to the country during each season.

Unfortunately, I have not made it to Thailand yet but you can be sure it is on my bucket list for the next years. Is there anything else you would highly recommend to visit in Bangkok? Please let me know.

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