Temple of the Holy Jewel Image
This is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace. It is home to a statue of Buddha made of green jasper and referred to as the Emerald Buddha. This is a fantastic image of Buddha passionately revered by the Thais that sits atop a massive 11 meter tall gold altar, protected by a nine-tiered umbrella. The surrounding murals depicting different scenes from the Thai version of the Ramayana mythology, the Ramakian and the intricate pearl designs in the doors are beautiful and worth a look. This statue is draped in a cloak that is changed thrice a year in an important religious ritual performed by the King himself. Statues of elephants; symbols of independence and power are also present in this sanctuary and millions of visitors rub it for good luck.
Timings: Daily 8 30 A.M- 3:30 P.M.
Address: In the Grand Palace complex
Admission: B 200 [the Grand Palace entrance fee]