Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand 24 Jun 2017
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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a royal monastery adjoining the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Inside a large chapel heavy with gilded ornamentation is the 66cm (26in) Emerald Buddha (actually carved from nephrite, a type of jade). The other temple structures are equally colourful and include gleaming, gilded stupas (Buddhist reliquaries), polished orange-and-green tiled roofs, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments. Extensive murals depicting scenes from the Ramakian (the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana epic) line the cloisters along the inside walls of the compound. See the Emerald Buddha and explore the temple complex on Day 2 of Insight Guides' Family Time in Thailand trip.
This article was originally published on 21 October, 2015