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Wat Phra Kaew วัดพระแก้ว, Thailand (1783)


Project Location: Thailand

Figure 1: Image of the interior of Wat Phra Kaew main prayer complex with Emerald Buddha.
Figure 2: Image of the exterior of Wat Phra Kaew main prayer complex with decorations of Brahma stupas gaurding the temples.
Figure 3: Image of roof and decorative tiling of Wat Phra Kaew side prayer complex with decoration of guarding angels in center.
Figure 4: Image of the main pagoda stupa structure at Wat Phra Kaew complex.
Figure 5: Image of entry way into Wat Phra Kaew complex.
Figure 6: Image of side pagoda stupa in Wat Phra Kaew complex.
Figure 7: Image of steps up to the main prayer room inside Wat Phra Kaew complex.
Figure 8: Image of guardian Brahma statue on side of main prayer building.
Figure 9: Image of decorative ceiling and entry way into main prayer room inside Wat Phra Kaew complex.


Primary Material(s):
Fresco, Paint, Wood, Stone, Stone: Marble

Religious Building, Cultural Center, Government, Buddhist Temple

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
18th Century

Additional Information:
Significant Date(s):
1783- Construction of the temple began.
1785- Emerald Buddha was transported from Wat Arun with a royal ceremony.
1831- Rama III started rebuilding the temple for 50th anniversary of Bangkok
1882- Rama V and Rama VI restored the temple for 100th anniversary of Bangkok
1932- Further restoration took place by Rama VII for 150th anniversary of Bangkok
1982- Restoration took place by Rama IX for 200th anniversary of Bangkok

Additional Information:
Publication/Texts in Print:
CHAENGCHIT, Songwit, and Pratima Nimsamer. "ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF PHRA THAT KET KAEW, WAT PA NONG WAI, SISAKET PROVINCE." PhD diss., Silpakorn University, 2023.
Rod-ari, Melody Nina. Visualizing merit: An art historical study of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Phra Kaew. University of California, Los Angeles, 2010.
Amnuay-ngerntra, Somphong. "King Mongkut’s Political and Religious Ideologies Through Architecture at Phra Nakhon Kiri." Manusya: Journal of Humanities 10, no. 1 (2007): 72-88.
Khwanphulsri, Eakawin. "Western architectural influences in the Court of Siam 1851-1925: a thesis presented in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Design, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand." PhD diss., Massey University, 2001.

Building Location:
QF2V+M34, Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Supporting Designers/Staff:
Tags: Bangkok, Thailand, Thai Temple, Buddhist Temple, Chakri Dynasty

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