A must see on any visit to Bangkok is the spectacular Royal Grand Palace, and within its grounds, the most important of all Thai Monuments, the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is Bangkok's most famous landmark built in 1782. For 150 years it was the home of the Siamese Kings, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The highly revered Emerald Buddha image was carved from a single block of jade. Extraordinary, breathtaking architecture.