Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
Trip End Jun 22, 2008

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

This morning grabbed a taxi for a drive down to the "Ko Ratanakosin" area which is the Vatican City of Thai Buddhism. Based on this, you must dress modestly-long pants and closed toe shoes only. We purchase 2 tickets for the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The grounds are fantastic, they had what looked like 100 people cutting the grass and working on the bushes, in order to make the all different shapes.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha which is made with polished orange & green roof tiles, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments. This highly stylized ornamentation is a shrine to the Emerald Buddha. All who enter the Temple must take off their shoes and hats and walk quietly though. Many Thais visit this site as a religious pilgrimage during a lifetime. No pictures were allowed inside, so only photos are those of the outside of the buildings.

Within the same grounds is the Grand Palace, the former royal residence of the King. Today the Palace is used only for certain ceremonial occasions and is more of a tourist site. Even though it was a weekday, it was very busy with many people from around the world.
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