It shares a common compound with the Grand Palace and is regarded as the most important temple in Bangkok. At the heart of the temple is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from a single piece of Jade. The image is meticulously carved. This sacred temple was built in 1784. The Emerald Buddha is revered as the symbol of the Thai state today. One of the locals told us that changing of the robes is performed only by the King to bring good fortune to the country during each season of summer, rains and winter.