Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha of Thailand, considered the palladium of the nation and one of its most sacred sites
The Emerald Buddha of Thailand, considered the palladium of the nation and one of its most sacred sites

Historical Context

Built in the 18th century, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, is situated in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Inside sits one of the most revered figurines in Thailand: the Emerald Buddha.

It is not known exactly where the figure originated but it is believed to have been found in northern Thailand around 1434. A legend tells the story that a monastery was struck by lightning in Chiang Rai and a monk found the statue. After moving around various sites in the country, it was moved to its present location on March 22, 1784.

With the changing of seasons the King of Thailand or another member of the royal family changes the attire of the Emerald Buddha. Although it is called the Emerald Buddha, it is most likely made of jade or jasper; emerald simply refers to the color of the statue.

Monument Info


Photographer: JPSwimmer
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Related Events

  • 1784-03-22 The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand

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