GeoEye - This half-meter resolution satellite image shows the spectacular Grand Palace located along the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs, the complex was once the official Kings of Siam residence. The King still uses the Grand Palace with its expansive royal grounds for certain ceremonial occasions. The main centerpiece is the revered 45-centimeter Emerald Buddha, which is housed within Wat Phra Kaew, an ornately decorated building whose roof tiles reach to the sky. The image was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on April 16, 2009 while flying 423 miles above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph.
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