The craftmanship was amazing from the individual-laid gold leaf to the ceramic tile to the hand-painted walls.
The compound also houses the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You can't take photos of the statue itself inside the building. The Buddha is actually one whole piece of jade and the King comes to the temple several times a year to dress the statue in his Summer, Rainy Season or Winter outfits. The Emerald Buddha was discovered in 1434 and had previously been covered in plaster, until a monk noticed a piece of chipped-off plaster on the statue's nose and saw green underneath. Can you imagine?? Outside the Temple is holy water that you can sprinkle on yourself for good luck.