Wat Phra Kaew : Thailand Tourist Attractions
Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew is the temple that houses the Emerald Buddha. The temple is located in the grounds of the Grand Palace and consists of over hundred buildings. The buildings are extremely colorful and are made from polished green and orange colored roof tiles while the floors are made of marble and mosaic.
Wat Phra Kaew is the most sacred temple in Thailand. Inside the temple, a small image of the Emerald Buddha is located. Though the image is small, it is the most important icon for the Thai people. According to records, the Emerald Buddha originated in India and it first surfaced in Cambodia. Later it was given as a gift to the King Ayuthaya in the 15th century. It is also said that the image disappeared for a certain period when the country was being destroyed by the Burmese raiders. A century later it reappeared. The statue was moved to many places before it was brought to the current location in Thailand. Before it was brought to its final resting place, some people had suggested another location to house the image. However, the majority decided that its current location was the perfect resting place and this is where even today the visitors will find the Emerald Buddha.
The inner walls of the temple are painted beautifully depicting the Jathaka tales. The outside wall is a plain white wall with paintings depicting the famous Indian epic - Ramayana. With all its beauty, the Wat Phra Kaew temple stands as one of the most crowded tourist spots in Thailand.