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The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

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It was since 10 years ago I first came to Bangkok and I was just so impressed with this Land of Sawadee the day I landed in this capital of Thailand. The city itself was massive in size and I could see many tall buildings surrounding the landscape of this amazing Asean metropolis as I get close to the city arriving at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. I even wrote that Bangkok could even be a megalopolis judging from the traffic congestion level, the size of population which nears 10 million, the compact buildings landscapes and ever growing business and commerce opportunity including the growth of shopping malls within the city. For those who have been to Bangkok multiple times, there must have been one of those visits that you would found yourself in some of the most important & historical sights of Bangkok. Everyone will not want to miss the opportunity to get a close view on such valuable, precious & sometimes grand in nature which will provide not only good & nice photography sessions but will also enriched one's travel experience. In every places that we travel to, there will always be certain sights, buildings, towns, sculptures, structures and just about anything related to the history or legendary stories of the subject place we go to that could attracts the interest of people to visit. The attractions that such places attained was never overnight in most instances. Many of these consists of places that was built for many years and which have steep historical values that come of age.


The Grand Palace in Bangkok was one of such historical building in the capital of Thailand that has such a grave historical values throughout the over 230 years of its establishment. Grand Palace was constructed in 1782 and was the residence of the royal family during the reign of Chakri Dynasty. For any visit to Bangkok, there shall be at least 1 time that one should come & visit the Grand Palace. As the saying goes, you have never been to Bangkok if you never been to the Grand Palace. The palace was somewhat an identity to Bangkok specifically & Thailand on general. Because the Thai King was a symbol of unity, the head of the country & most respected institution in Thailand, naturally, the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Thai royal family has also gained a status by itself as one of the most significant structures within the Thai capital.


The main structures of the Grand palace was impressive & beautiful with contemporary style in its overall architecture design. There were palace guards on duty seen within the main palace building and some other areas surrounding the palace ground. Apart from palace buildings that were in place on several different spots within the enlarged, gated palace ground in the Rattanakosin area or better known as Old Bangkok, just in front of Sanam Luang, there were also palace offices of where palace officials conduct their daily office work being located inside the palace ground. There were also some buildings which has been turned into museum to provide informations about the family hierarchy of the Chakri Dynasty which was the royal family under the command of King Rama 1 who oversaw the construction of The Grand Palace. Some of the most important royal ceremonies are being held at Grand Palace until today. There were also another building section which provide insights on the history & the initial structures of the adjacent Wat Phra Kaew, a royal religious temple which was initially carved out from wood.


Wat Phra Kaew lifts up to its status as a royal temple with its majestic & regal looking architecture design that combines a golden chedi with the stylish, diamond & gold plated like materials which formed the external structures of the ubosot. The ubosot building was where the Phra Kaew or Emerald Buddha structure being placed inside. It was said that the Emerald Buddha was originated in India, then was taken to Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai and eventually, it settled in Bangkok in 1782 when the Grand Palace was being built. Visitors are subjected to strict dress code to Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew and those who intend to visit the sacred temple & the royal palace are expected to dress appropriately according to the temple & palace rules & regulations.


Posted by kidd27 08:38 Archived in Thailand

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