Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha which is officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram is regarded as the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand.
Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot, the Emerald Buddha, is a highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. The Emerald Buddha is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, it dates back to the 15th century AD. Raised high on a series of platforms no one is allowed near the Emerald Buddha except HM the King.
A seasonal cloak which is changed three times a year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy season covers the statue. The changing of the robes is performed only by the King to bring good fortune to the country during each season. The temple of Emerald Buddha is beautifully decorated and has a great sense of peace about it.
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