Phra Kaew Morakot

The Emerald Buddha as we know it, or Phra Kaew Morakot that is its Thai name, is the most important Buddha figure in Thailand.


It is said to date back to 43 BC where a legend claim it was made in the city we today know as Patna. No-one know exactly how it got to [[Lannakingdom]] in Northern Thailand, where it was discovered in 1434, but its history after that is well documented.
The figure stayed in the Lanna kingdom until it was brought to Laos with the prince of Laos, at the time he were also occupying the throne of the Lanna kingdom, when he succeeded his father as the king of Laos. 


The Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot) was seized when Chao Phraya Chakri (later king Rama I) and his troops in 1778 captured Vientiane, the capital of Laos. They brought it back to Thonburi, the capital of Siam at that time. It was installed in Wat Arun only to be moved to its current home in Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) by King Rama I in 1884.

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