Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand – A Photo Essay

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Ornate walls of grand palace bangkok
Ornate borders on the walls of Grand Palace Bangkok

Grand Palace Bangkok is a complex of beautiful and royal buildings that can leave you mesmerized with their embellishments. They carry the rich colors and textures on their walls. Almost as if silk has been woven on them and gems used to crown it. They give an insight into the culture through the various motifs that occupy the complex. Sharing with you some images from the grand palace that stayed as long in my memory as in my cameras.

Grand Palace Bangkok

Entrabce of Grand Palace Bangkok
Entrance to Grand Palace Bangkok

There is the temple of emerald Buddha – a small green statue of Buddha that had a long journey before it found a home here and became a revered place for the Buddhist. I had earlier written about Wat Pho – The temple of Reclining Buddha which is not too far from Grand Palace complex.

Different building styles at Grand Palace Bangkok
Different styles at Grand Palace Bangkok

Heritage Monuments

The imprint of time can be seen on buildings as the Grand Palace complex grew organically from late 18th CE to 20th CE. When I entered the complex, lush green lawns greeted us. Along with some rather western looking buildings that soon gave way to typical Thai architecture with golden spirals on top trying to touch the sky.

Open Structures at Grand Palace Bangkok
Open Structures at Grand Palace Bangkok

The golden pagodas had people circumambulating them. The Garudas in all kinds of sizes and shaped stood like guards. The parapets ended like the hoods of a multi-faced snake. The dwarfs carried the buildings on their able shoulders.

Mythical figures at Grand Palace Bangkok
Mythical figures at Grand Palace Bangkok

The walls just reminded me of rich silk saris from Varanasi. While there is so much you can admire in these heritage structures of this royal palace complex, to me its ornate exteriors and the nuances that they have were the most imposing. There is ample use of Gold on walls and for paintings like the Scenes of Ramayana on walls.

Ornate Sari like borders at Grand Palace Bangkok
Ornate Sari like borders at Grand Palace Bangkok

Well Maintained

I also wondered how they kept the place to clean and maintained it so well. When all that is free standing in the air looks so delicate and fragile.

Different Architectural Styles at Grand Palace Bangkok
Different Architectural Styles at Grand Palace Bangkok

You can spend a day looking at these buildings. You are allowed to go inside some of them though photography is only allowed outside and not inside any of the buildings. A museum shop has a nice collection of curios that you can buy – I say this because their collection quite unlike what we usually see on streets of Bangkok.

Curious displays at Grand Palace Bangkok
Curious displays at Grand Palace Bangkok

These are the images from Grand Palace Bangkok that continue to flash in my mind after many months.

Recommend you to read following Thailand Tourist attractions on my travel blog.

  1. Hua Hin – An elitist beach town.
  2. Bangkok Nightlife – 8 Things to Explore.
  3. Pranburi Forest Park, Thailand.
  4. Ratchaprasong Walk – Hindu Deities in the Heart of Bangkok.
  5. Tiger Temple, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

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