Bangkok's Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The forty-five centimetre Emerald Buddha, long ago carved from a single piece of jade, is the holiest and most revered religious object in all Thailand. Housed within the ornately decorated Wat Phra Kaew at the centre of the Grand Palace, the Buddha has supplanted the royal family as the palace’s most important resident. Though the royal family no longer live here, the palace is still seen as the centre of the Kingdom of Siam. Beyond its historical and religious significance, the complex houses artwork treasured by locals and travellers alike, and is well worth a visit. Perhaps the most memorable are the varied images of angels and demons outside each temple’s entrance.