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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram at the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: James Patrick/Lightspell.pro
An August sky over the Chao Phraya river with Wat Arun in the distance.
An August sky over the Chao Phraya river with Wat Arun in the distance.  Credit: James Patrick/Lightspell.pro

Wat Lak Mueang or the City Pillar Shrine contains Bangkok's city pillar set in place by King Rama I on 21 April 1782 to represent the spiritual foundation of the city. It also symbolises the start of the Rattanakosin era.

The Devasathan Temple, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand in early morning, August 2021.
Early morning at the Devasathan Temple, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2021.  Credit: James Patrick/Alamy.