The Grandiose Grand Palace (Bangkok)

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Walk through the halls of the Grand Palace, the former residence of many Thailand royals and the origin of many historical events…

So I have already mentioned a bit about this place since it houses the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which in reality is just a section within this massive complex! The Grand Palace itself needs an introduction of its own because I cannot summarize it in a few lines.

Also known as Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang (try remembering that!), the palace serves as the King’s abode since the 18th century. It is a colossal compound of buildings where not only the King would reside, but also his government.

The Grand Palace’s lay out resembles that of the old palace in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya with its rectangular shape and specific placements of the elements. The complex is broken up into three quarters such as its forerunner. A river accompanies the western side while the royal temple is purposely built on the east side of the palace with all buildings facing the north.

The palace was finally finished under the reign of King Rama I and to celebrate its completion in 1785, the King did an extravagant coronation ceremony. But when you go, don’t expect to get a glimpse of the current King because since King Rama VIII, the successive royals decided to move to other palaces (yes, there is a lot apparently!).

Presently the Grand Palace is still useful with the current King performing many imperial ceremonies here each year. It also houses the Royal Institute of Thailand and the Office of the Private Secretary to the King.

My feet were seriously aching after sweeping every inch of this gigantic stronghold. You seriously need one full day to do so! Just make sure to not get tempted to take photos of sleeping guards, or you will get in trouble like me. And trust me, these guys are scary!

written by vstephanie on 2009-03-19 in #world #locations #vstephanie #royal #35mm #fuji-provia-100f #empire #building #holga-120cfn #grand-palace #culture #120 #holiday #construction #history #bangkok #thailand #buddha #rattanakosin #medium-format #diana-f #fisheye-2 #king #temple #redscale

2 Comments

  1. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    When you are in BKK it´s a must to go there...the only thing that sucks are these Tuk Tuk drivers that always tell you: Hey Mr. - where you wanna go? Palace is closed! Let´s go - I bring you to a market and then we came back here.... haha!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    I love N°9 !

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