Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai

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The temple complex of Wat Phra Kaew () is located on Thanon Trairat in Tambon Wiang, Mueang district, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.

Wat Phra Kaew was appointed the First Royal Temple of Chiang Rai on 31 May 1978 (B.E. 2521).

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Before the Phra Kaew image

The founding of what is now known as Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai is obscure. The temple was known as Wat Pa Yeah (วัดป่าเยี้ยะ or วัดป่าญะ), the Temple in the Golden Bamboo Forest, because it was in fact surrounded by this beautiful, useful bamboo. Its names was changed to Wat Phra Kaew in 1434 (B.E. 1977) after its chedi was struck by lightning revealing the Phra Kaew Marakot within.<br clear=all>

The Chedi

The Phra Kaew Marakot remained at Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai for 43 years before its discovery 1391-1434 (B.E. 1934-1977) and remained for two years thereafter, at which time it was moved to Lampang in 1436 (B.E. 1979)<br clear=all>

Phra Jao Lan Thong image



One of the largest and most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand is presently housed in the ubosoth at Wat Phra Kaew, Phra Jao Lan Thong. The image is made of brass and copper and is believed to be 700 years old. The image was originally housed at Wat Phra Chao Lan Thong in Chiang Rai, then moved to Wat Ngam Muang, and then to Wat Phra Kaew in 1961 (B.E 2504). Thus it is now called Phra Jao Lan Thong.<br clear=all>

The new Phra Kaew Marakot image



A new Phra Kaew Marakot image was carved...
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