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Pra Somdej Pim Yai Benjarong, Wat Prakaew
Pra Somdej Pim Yai Benjarong, Wat Prakaew
Amulet Ref : BA3786
Monk : Pra Buddachan Toh
Status : SOLD
Temple : Wat Prakaew
Year : BE 2411 - 2414
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Phra Somdej Pim Yai, Benjarong. Lang Yant (Kru Wang Waa), Wat Prakaew, BE 2411

Not much to say really, the amulet says it all....what other amulets are quite so extraordinarily beautiful? Recovered from Kru Wang Waa, Wat Prakaew. Known as "Pra Somdej Pim Yai, Lang yant, Benjarong (5 colours)  Own this amulet and you will have something very special !

All Wat Prakaew pims are rare, and that scarcity is further complicated by the number of copy amulets that have flooded the market, in fact they can be seen in their thousands in many popular tourist locations such as the Grand Palace. Just take a good long look at this pim, there is a world of difference between the genuine McCoy and the fakes. Fortunately there is no easy way to  reproduce the kind of beauty that will only be seen in authentic amulets such as this. Under close examination wyou will note that this pim is full of pure gold filings.

As an active member of many local and national Thai amulet societies we usually have preference to acquire such pims which are rarely ever offered directly to the public. Typically you would expect to pay between 20,000 - 30,000 Baht for an authentic example of this amulet, and as such the price offered represents exceptional value for money. In addition I seriously doubt you would be able to find an example more unique and attractive. Buy from us in complete confidence.


Absolutely stunning example. Supplied with an attarctive 24K Gold Plated Case

Amulets Created

Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthramaha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua or Rama IV, (King Mongkut)  was the 4th monarch of Siam, and one of the most revered. He passed away on the 1st October BE  2411 (1868) .

Upon his death Prince Chulongkorn was appointed regent at the age of 15, his coronation being held on the 11th November BE 2411 (1868) It was on the occasion of this celebration that a special series of 84,000 amulets were created.


Close inspection reveals amulet is full of pure gold filings

Many of the amulets were created in a similar design to the Pra Somdej of Wat Rakang whilst others were designed in a style influenced by some of the classic pims such as Phra Rod and  Pim Nangphya etc. For example:


Pim Prathan
Pim Kes
Pim Sianbart
Pim Sanhati
Pim, Song Chedi
Pim Ok Rong Hu Yarn
Pim Pra Rod
Pim Leela

Pim Pra Somkor
Pim Nangpaya
Pim Supan
Pim Prapidta
Pim Sankajai

Sacred Materials

It is believed the amulets are made from the following main components

Powder from Pra Somdej Buddachan Toh
Calcium Oxide and Sacred Powders from China
Various natural pigments

These amulets are actually quite unique. It is thought they were made predominately from powders of Somdej Toh and scared powders from China, mixed with various natural pigments to create quite colourful amulets.  Today these are known as Phra Sairoong (rainbow amulets) or Pra Benjarong (five colour amulets) or simply as Pra Somdej Kru Wang Waa.


Recovered from the Kru at Wat Wang Wa. Distinctive Yant

The ceremony was held at Wat Bowon Sathan Suttawas (Wat Pra Kaeo Wang Wa)  Bangkok. The ceremony was chaired by HRH Prince Boworn Wichai Chan and as such are considered royal amulets. Collectors now refer to these amulets as Pra Kru Wang Wa for obvious reasons. This temple no longer exists as such with the grounds now housing the national museum.

Some were of a single colour such as indigo blue or yellow, whilst others were just natural. This example is coated with vermillion and original gold.

The variation in pims is quite extraordinary with some featuring stamps of the  national flag, Bai Sema or Lotus designs to the reverse whilst others were just plain or embedded with jewels.
Some of the more spectacular pims can fetch large sums of money.

These amulets were blessed on the 11th November BE 2411 by many monks of that era including amongst others

Somdej Toh, Wat Rakang,
Luang Phor Ngern, Wat Bangklan,
Luang Phor Dum, Wat Amarin, 
Luang Phor Jard etc

Blessing Ceremony

After the sacred ceremony, Many of the amulets were given out as part of the celebration whilst a substantial quantity were also retained in a kru at Wat Prakaew located in the grounds of the Royal Palace and at Wat Bowon Sathan Suttawas itself, and these were discovered in BE 2523 when the Kru was opened, although not in large quantities.

Many amulets go missing

In B.E.2523, a few years before the ceremony to celebrate the occasion of the 200th-year establishment of Bangkok, both the Royal Palace and  Wat Prakaew were renovated.

Many craftsman from all over the country were invited to help in this process. It was during the renovation of the Golden Chedi that these amulets were discovered.

Large quantities found there way to local markets and dealers. In fact it is recorded that Princess Maha Cahakri Sirindhorn had requested that these artifacts be returned, but by that time they were dispersed all over the country.

It was also recorded at the time that Amulets created by Somdej Toh of Wat Rakang were also retained in the Chedi. These were personal amulets belonging to various royal family members.

In short these amulets are pretty much considered the property of the royal family and in Thailand there is still today almost a Taboo associated with these pims. Because of this the amulets have never reached the values that one might associate with other amulets blessed by Somdej Toh and typically for a good quality pim you can expect to pay about 1,000 USD.

You will in fact see hundreds of brightly coloured copies of these pims in the amulet market near Wat Prakaew, many of course finding there way onto ebay and other less reputable websites.



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