Relish a Regal and Religious Experience

Thailand’s most sacred statue, the Emerald Buddha, resides at the grandiose
Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), right next to the former residence
of royalty, the Grand Palace. The murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana, a
magical epic, are otherworldly. But so are the gilt-covered pagodas and Buddhist
images in the country’s number-one tourist attraction.

What is also fascinating is how many everyday Thais come here to pray. Watching
them observe age-old Buddhist rituals is a genuine slice of Thai life, served fresh
every day.
The temple and palace, located in the historic Rattanakosin Island, are only a short
walk from other marvels, such as Wat Pho (home of the Reclining Buddha and a
traditional massage school), as well as the National Museum, the City Pillar and the
National Gallery.

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