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The Emerald Buddha as the Holiest Temple in Thailand

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Emerald Buddha has seen many kingdoms and empire fight over it due to its holistic nature. It is believed that the kingdom which posses it prospers in contrast to their opponents. This has seen it change hands from one kingdom to another through fierce wars and battles. A good example of this is it was taken to Sir Lank to save it from the civil war after staying in pataloptra for over three hundred years. in the 475 king from Burma sent fro the image from Ceylon to provide an avenue for Buddhism in his country a request which was permitted. the capture of  Angkor Wat in 1432 by Thai Emerald Buddha was moved to Ayutthaya, Laos, Phet and then finally Chiang Rai, where it was hidden by the ruler of the city.

It remained in  Chiang Mai until 1552, where it was to Luang Prabang head city of Lan Xangof the Lao kingdom.   When the Prince Setthathirath became king of Lan Xang he returned it home from its previous captures. The image was moved to the new capital at Vientiane by the current king in 1554.

By 1779, the Thai's General Chao Phraya Chakri came up with an insurrection, which saw the capture of Vientiane and returned the Emerald Buddha to Siam, hence moving with it to Thonburi. Later when he became the King Rama I of Thailand, the Emerald Buddha was moved by hosting a fabulous ceremony to Wat Phra Kaew on 22 March 1784 it's current home. It is now hosted in the main building of the temple, the Ubosoth (). Bangkok’ s temple of Emerald Buddha is considered as one of the most sacred temples in Thailand.

The temple’ s sanctity comes from its possession and enshrinement of the Emerald Buddha which is the nations most religious and political palladium of which the temple is named after. Chronicles put across that the Emerald Buddha was forged from the Chakkavatti’ s (Universal World Ruler) wish ceding jewelry; therefore the emerald Buddha thus became to substantiate a potent image of Buddhism and kingship through its form and medium.

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  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Tourism
  • Level: High School
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