Grand Palace Complex
After a short visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market and a short ride in the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, Daddy Rupert, Zuri and I proceeded to the Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace is a complex of several impressive buildings built in 1782 in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. These buildings served as residence to Thai kings and their families for 150 years and used to house government departments under direct control of the King. Although at present it is no longer home to the Thai royal family, the Grand Palace is still used for many ceremonial occasions.
Here are some of the pictures I got of the Grand Palace Complex:
A vast lawn greets visitors as they enter the gate of the complex.
This is the Grand Palace. Unlike the rest of the complex which are mostly Thai in design, this building shows some European influence.
Also found inside the Grand Palace complex is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew houses the 14th century Phra Kaew Morakot also known as the Emerald Buddha.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a sacred place and visitors are expected to dress appropriately (no shorts, see-through clothes, bare shoulders). Shoes are not allowed inside the temple but so are bare feet, so remember to wear socks.
Picture-taking is not allowed inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha so all my pictures of this structure were taken from outside.
This is the entrance to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Picture-taking is only allowed up to this point.
Here are some more pictures of the structures inside the Grand Palace complex. Being in the middle of all these is simply breathtaking. Every building is a testament to the craftsmanship of Thai people.
I can not even imagine how much work and effort was put into each structure. Each and every one of them is intricately designed. Below is a close-up shot and most of the buildings are designed like this from top to bottom.
Verdict: If you have an opportunity to see just one sight in Bangkok, make it the Grand Palace. The whole complex is extravagant and the attention to detail is mesmerizing. Impressive and breathtaking, the Grand Palace is a must-see when you are in Bangkok.
We arrived at the Grand Palace shortly after lunch, the hottest time of the day. I would recommend that in order to better enjoy your experience at the Grand Palace, it would be wise to start the tour early at 8:30 am. Bring an umbrella and a bottle of water.
The Grand Palace is located along Na Phra Lan Road, Old City. It is open daily, tickets sold from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
A ticket to the Grand Palace comes with entrance tickets to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall as well and would cost 400 Baht (around 550 Pesos).
For more information, visit www.bangkok.com/attraction-palace/grand-palace.htm.
This concludes my Bangkok Series. Watch out for my next series: Singapore.
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