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Ratnapal

When in 1782 King Rama I made Bangkok the capital of Siam, he named it Ratanakosin i.e. repository of the gem image, implying the Emerald Buddha, which he had brought from Vientiene, after a campaign in 1778 and installed it at Wat Arun in Thon Buri, the capital at that time. 6 pairs of demon figures gaurd various gates of the Temple of the Emareld Buddha (Wat Phra Si Ratan Sasadaram) in the Grand (King's) Palace, Bangkok, Thailand, 24.10.2003 / 10:58

 

It seems, ancient Thai language & Sanskrit of India had common words, thus also present Bangla. E.g. both words of the present king's name have royal meanings in Sanskrit & Bangla. Ancient kings had dwarpal = door keeper, nagarpal = mayor (citykeeper), etc. So, Ratnapal (ratna = gem, pal = keeper) is a name that I gave to this grand 10M high statue

 

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand, 13°45'1"N, 100°29'26"E [?]

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Taken on October 16, 2003