Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram or Wat Phra Kaew was built under the royal order of King Rama I. Its structure was based on Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, a well known temple located in Ayutthaya. The construction of the prestigious temple started in 1782 and ended in 1784, during the Rattanakosin era. The temple sits on the east side of the outer royal court. Inside the temple sits the Emerald Buddha on a golden throne; it is made of a single emera that is 48.0 cm wide and 66 cm tall.
Wat Phra Kaew has 7 entrances, and 6 of the entrances have 2 giant guardians each. You can also find these giant guardians at the Suvarnabhumi Airport’s departure level. We believe that giants help guard and prevent bad things from happening in the buildings. These giant guardians are characters from the tale of Ramayana, and you can see the story painted on the walls of Wat Phra Kaew.
Other beautiful temples that you should visit include Phra Prang, Phra Sri Rattana Pagoda, a mock of Prasat Nakhon Wat, Prasat Phra Thep Bidon, and etc. Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram gets renovated every 50 years and this happened during the reign of King Rama III, King Rama V, King Rama VII and King Rama IX to commemorate a special occasion. For example, during King Rama IX’s reign, the temple was renovated to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Rattanakosin in 1982.
Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram is open daily from 08:30 am to 4:00 pm. Entry fee for non-Thai is 500 baht per person. Thai citizens can enter for free. For more information please call 0 2623 5500-3100.