The Emerald Buddha In Wat Phra Kaew Was Not Made With Emerald

Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew
Shot at Wat Phra Kaew, a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand Tetsu Ozawa

The emerald Buddha was seen in the back of the hall

I moved to the most crowded part of Wat Phra Kaew's grounds. A lot of tourists were stirring around the decorated hall. This hall was the main hall of Wat Phra Kaew. I took off my shoes and went inside. Inside the main hall was just as crowded as the surrounding area.

The Emerald Buddha was housed in the main hall. This Buddha statue is the highlight of Wat Phra Kaew's sightseeing, so to speak. The Buddha statue at the back of the main hall was in the middle of the crowd of tourists. The statue was perched on a golden base. Both in Thailand and Japan, the statues of the main deities are often big, as if to say "bigger is better". However, the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew was small. It was much smaller than I had expected. A small green Buddha statue glowered at visitors from a tall pedestal. It literally looked like a towering figure.

I thought the Emerald Buddha was small because it was made of a gem called emerald, but actually it was not. The Buddha statue itself is said to be made of jade. It is called "Emerald Buddha" because it shines green.

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PHOTO DATA

No

11327

Shooting Date

Sep 2019

Posted On

December 18, 2019

Place

Bangkok, Thailand

Genre

Still Life Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA