In 1782 King Rama the first established Bangkok as the capital of Siam with the
vision of making the city as glorious as Ayutthaya had ever been. You can see clear
evidence of this when you visit the old Bangkok (called Rattanakosin island, as
it’s surrounded by river and canals). The Grand Palace was erected and its temple
Wat Phra Kaew was richly elaborated that it had become the symbol of Bangkok for
centuries to come. Many other Royal temples and palaces were found by the subsequent
kings and they were almost all very elaborate, beautiful, and one of their kinds.
Wat Phra Kaew is arguably the most important landmark of Bangkok. It is visually
stunning and conceptually mystifying, and is revered as the most sacred Buddhist
temple (wat) in Thailand and thus all the buildings in there are richly elaborated.
Commissioned by King Rama I as the royal temple, you will see the glisters of gold
almost everywhere. All the buildings spare nothing on elaboration according to Buddhist
and Hindu heritages which are the prevailing religious beliefs in Thailand. The
main building houses the Emerald Buddha which is the sacred statue of the Buddha
believed to be the protector of Thailand. Around the ground you will see many mystic
creatures there including Giants, Garudas, Sihamoni angels, and Kinnara. One of
the surprised displays is the model of Angkor Wat. All the shires and walls have
deeper stories and it will help to have tour guide.
A golden monk statue in front of an elaborately decorated stupa in Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Pho is a royal temple richly decorated with eastern sculptures and architecture.
The temple is classed as the highest grade of the Royal temples in Thailand. King
Rama I first rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his
main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. It was later expanded and extensively
renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the highly revered 46m long Reclining
Buddha, which is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head.
This giant reclining Buddha is a surreal sight and you wouldn’t believe it is housed
inconspicuously in the center of busy city like Bangkok. The surrounding area is
also beautiful with gardens, sculptures, pagodas – all conveying very interesting