THE EMERALD BUDDHA
SEASONAL COSTUME CHANGING
In tone of great reverence for The Emerald Buddha a ceremonial costume change, only performed by the King of Thailand, occurs three times per year: for summer, rainy and winter seasons. Each custom costs approximately 3.8 Million Usd.
A Royal ceremony takes place with a procession of Monks and dignitaries, the King, sprinkles water over the faithful to bring good fortune throughout the upcoming season.
The costumes are; a diamond encrusted golden robe through the hot season, a solid gold robe in the cool season and a gold-plated monk's robe with headdress for the rainy season.
The summer and rainy season costumes were commissioned by King Rama I, (1737 – 1809).
King Rama III (1824-1851) had the third costume crafted for the winter season.
The costumes that are not presently adorning The Emerald Buddha are displayed nearby at the pavilion of regalia, Royal decorations and Thai coins on the grounds of the Grand Palace.
The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) in the Grand Palace itself is the main attraction. A figurine of the meditating Buddha made from a solid one piece of green jade, clothed in gold and diamonds. It is greatly revered from the Royal family to Thai nationals alike, as Thailand’s utmost precious religious icon...
The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is located 700 meters south of The Grand Palace. Its a world-renowned 46 meter long gold plated reclining Buddha. Its pose is representing entry into complete spiritual enlightenment ending all worldly reincarnations. Within the surrounding corridor there are 108 bronze bowls representing the 108 auspicious characteristics of The Buddha. It is believed dropping coins into these bowls brings wealth and prosperity...