Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Life in TH - One de' Full Day in Bangkok (Part II)

Continues... after my visit to Wat Suthat, I took a 15-20mins walk to the Grand Palace. It is not easy to find the way in, but just follow the white Grand Palace fortress walls till you see the gigantic Ministery of Defense.

The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha - no photography are allowed within the temple.

Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is one of the most venerated sites in Thailand where people convene to pay respect to the Lord Buddha and His Teaching.

The Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn) is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, dating from the 15th century AD. Raised high on a series of platforms, no one is allowed near the Buddha except His Majesty the King.

NOTE: There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves -- no tank tops. Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.

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Wat Pra kaew & Grand Palace 05

Phra Mondop & Phra Siratana Chedi

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Wat Pra kaew & Grand Palace 01

Dont forget to view the beautiful galleries on the wall surrounding Wat Phra Keaw. The painting on the wall tell a story about the Emerald Buddha

Wat Pra kaew & Grand Palace 02

Artist @ work Do not disturb

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Chakri Maha Prasat Hall

built by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V), was completed in 1982. This hall now serves many purposes, most notably for reception of foreign ambassadors and for state banquets in the honour of visiting Heads of State.

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Helped three monks to take a group shot, I snaped another shot of them while they were looking at their photos. They laughed after I showed them.

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Love sunglass... a refection shot showing Dusit Maha Prasat Hall

Overall, I find that this is a huge place with lots of tourist. I can spend half a day taking photos of structure, instead I spend only 2 hours here.

Open: 08:30 - 15:30 daily
Admission: 350Baht

Next stop, I headed toward Wat Pho to see the world largest Reclining Buddha...

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