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Within the Grand Palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat
Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small but famous
and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. The robes
on the Buddha are changed with the seasons by the King of Thailand and forms
an important ritual in the Buddhist calendar. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace
around the turn of the 20th century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all
kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings. Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple
of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is
regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic
centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew
Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously
carved from a single block of jade.

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