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AFB01-Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple article

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An interesting introduction to Bangkok which combines two of the city’s must-see attractions, both located within a tranquil walled compound, close to the Chao Phaya River. This royal oasis encloses Thailand’s most revered temple of Wat Phra Kaew, home to the unique, centuries-old, gold-clad Buddha figurine: “The Emerald Buddha” and the wonderfully impressive Royal Grand Palace, more stunning in real life than photography can convey. The whole area occupies almost one square mile, and would represent a lifetime of study for a serious historian. The 66-centimetre tall Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade, has a compelling history of its own, and is so sacred that only the Thai King may touch it. This happens three times a year during a devout ceremony when the statue is clothed in different gold and jewelled attire, according to the changing seasons. The spectacular Grand Palace dates back to 1782 and was home to Thai royalty until 1925. Today, it still houses some important royal offices, but mostly serves as a museum reflecting unique and glorious testament to the architectural genius and creativity of the Thai people. The entirety of its stunning beauty is difficult for the human eye to encompass, and the effect can be overwhelming.

 

 



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