WAT PHRA KEOW: A TRULY ROYAL TEMPLE

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Wat Phra Keow

Wat Phra Keow

  • Buddha statue at Wat Phra Keow

    Wat Phra Kaew is one of the three royal temples of Chiang Rai. Besides the Phra Ubosot in the same compound, there are Phra Chedi, Ho Phra Yok, and Hong Luang Saengkaew. Wat Phra Kaew was founded as Wat Pa Yiah. Pa Yiah is a species of indigenous bamboo. The name was changed to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) after the discovery of The Emerald Buddha in 1434 when lighting struck the Phra Chedi and the Emerald Buddha was revealed. Subsequently, the Emerald Buddha was taken by the then successive powerful rulers to Lampang, Chiang Mai, and Luang Prabang, Vientiane before ending in Wat Arun, Thonburi, and finally at Wat Phra Sri Ratanasadaram in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

    The Phra Ubosot was built in the Chiang Saen style. The building was constructed in 1890 and recent renovation was completed with the raising of the “cho fah” on February 13, 2007 by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Ho Phra Yoke was built in the Lanna style. Phra Buddha Ratanakorn Navutti Wassanusornmongkol or the Jade Buddha presides within. The interior has been painted with murals by local artists including Sompol Yarnagsee, depicting the history of the Emerald Buddha and the creation of the Jade Buddha or Phra Yok. Hong Luang Saengkaew was built to preserve the heritage of Wat Phra Kaew and serves as its museum. The museum has an impressive and rare collection of Lanna religious artifacts and Buddha images.

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