Weekly Photo Outing, The Grand Palace

This week we’re not going far.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say something that might not sit right with many people, but at the same time I’m sure some will nod their heads in agreement.  With few exceptions, if you’ve seen one temple you’ve seen them all.  Even fewer exceptions are because the temple is significantly structurally different than the last one, which would be the case with the Sanctuary of Truth, Doi Suthep, and very few others.  Most differences are because of what the temple features, whether it be tigers, fish, the reclining Buddha, the golden Buddha, or the emerald Buddha.  With that said, a tourists travels would not be complete without a trip to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew..

The Grand Palace is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok and used to be the Kings Residence before the move to Chitralada Palace.  The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings containing Wat Phra Kaew which is where the Emerald Buddha is on display.  The Emerald Buddha isn’t really made of a big giant emerald like many first believe, but instead of green jade.  The Emerald Buddha has an interesting history we won’t go into here, but it is significant to know that cameras/pictures are not allowed inside the wat where the Emerald Buddha is displayed.

The Emerald Buddha

Chakri Mahaprasad Hall and the other important structures inside the complex have recently completed renovations that took years to complete.  The landscaping is immaculate and combined with the renovations makes for a very impressive presentation.

Wide angle view of the Grand Palace  The Grand Palace

In addition to the main buildings there will be several ornate smaller structures as well.  Each is lavishly decorated and many have statue figures which make for interesting photographs.

Visitors Chinese statue

Do take note that once you enter the complex there is no water or other refreshments available until you are through most of it.  I recommend carrying your own water, as the walk is long and it can become very hot when you combine the hot sun and reflective surfaces.  If you’re interested in vintage artillery you might enjoy the armory which has rows of cannons neatly lined up for view.  Several of the resident historians are interested in other vintage items.. J

Sad looking creatures Vintage BMW Bike