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Bangkok : Wat Phrakaew, Wat Arun, Wat Traimit

Wat Phrakaew (with the Emerald Buddha) and the Royal Grand Palace, are easily the most visited tourist sites in Bangkok. The complex was built during the Rattanakosin area (Bangkok), but incorporates various older architectural styles. Visitors are guided first to the Wat Phrakaew compound, and when exiting this compound enter the Royal Palace compound. Ideally one would need from 4-6 hours (with some drink stops) to cover the most important parts at leisure.

Wat Arun or the 'temple of dawn' is located on the Thonburi site of the Chao Phraya river. It was once home to the Emerald Buddha. The major prang was built in the beginning of the 19th century, in what can be called Khmer-Thai style.

Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha, houses a 5 and a half ton Buddha image, which was only discovered some 50 years ago, having been plastered to avoid detection.
(next pages : Wat Pho , mural paintings, more Royal Palace and Wat Phrakaew pictures )

Wat Phrakaew, Bangkok
View over Wat Phrakaew

Temple of the Emerald Buddha, WatPhrakaew, Bangkok
Wat Phrakaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok
Hermit at Temple of the Emerald Buddha
'Yak' at Wat Phrakaew, Bangkok
At Wat Phrakaew, Bangkok
At the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok

Chofa(h)s are hornlike finials on the roof ridges of temples
  Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok
Wat Phrakaew, Bangkok
Wat Traimitr- Golden Buddha, Bangkok
Wat Traimit - Golden Buddha
  Wat Arun, Bangkok, as seen from the River
View of Wat Arun from the Chao Phraya River
'Yaks' at the Base of Wat Arun
Details at the base of Wat Arun
  Wat Arun, Bangkok
In front of the main Prang at Wat Arun
Small Prang at Wat Arun, Bangkok
A smaller Prang at Wat Arun, Bangkok
  Wat Arun, Bangkok
Detail Small Prang at Wat Arun

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Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok.