Thailand (formerly known as Siam) is a country in southeast bordered by Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Malayasia.
The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX. The King of Thailand is titled the Head of State and Armed Forces, and Upholder of the Buddhist religion, which is practiced by 95% of the country. Humans have inhabited the region known as Thailand for at least 4,000 years. Similar to other regions in Southeast Asia, it was influenced by the culture and religions of India, but the current Thai history began in 1782, following the establishment of Bangkok as capital under the Chakri dynasty of King Rama I the Great. Despite European pressure, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that has not been colonized and the word thai means “ free.” Thailand is the world’s largest exporter.
The temples in Thailand are called wats and every day the Thai people give alms to the monks. I went to receive a blessing near the Grand Palace of Bangkok. King Rama the 1st built the Grand Palace and it served as the Kings place of residence until 1946. It is a beautiful example of Thai architecture and inside the Palace temple called Wat Phra Kaew is the Emerald Buddha (figurine of the sitting Buddha made of green jadeite, clothed in gold, and about 45 cm tall).
The largest Buddha is found at Wat Po the 1st temple of Bangkok. Buddha is 46 m long and reclining. He is also the largest Buddha in Bangkok and 2nd oldest in all of Thailand. He is in the reclining position to protect the country and keep it strong.