Ramayana Paintings from Royal Palace, Bangkok

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Ramayana Paintings at the Royal Palace, Thailand
Ramayana Paintings at the Royal Palace, Thailand

King of Thailand is called Rama – so it’s not surprising that the walls of the Royal Palace have Ramayana paintings depicting the story of Ramayana. Royal Palace is also known as Grand Palace.

Ramayana Paintings at the Royal Palace, Thailand
Ramayana Paintings at the Royal Palace, Thailand

Ramayana Paintings at Royal Palace, Bangkok

The Palace’s depicted are quite similar to the royal palace itself with multiple buildings in a campus and lavish use of Gold. The backdrops depict the landscape of the country.

Rama is depicted in blue with his bow and arrow
Rama is depicted in blue with his bow and arrow

Rama is depicted in blue and you can identify him with his bow and arrow.

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Chariot

Look at the details of the Chariot in motion as the war is fought between Rama and Ravana. Look at the foot soldiers and how their garments make them stand out among the royal armies.

Vanar Sena or the army of monkeys fighting the army of Ravana
Vanar Sena or the army of monkeys fighting the army of Ravana

Vanar Sena

Vanar Sena or the army of monkeys fighting the army of Ravana. See the sharp contrast that the artist brings out between the two and the rocky landscape.

War scene with humans and monkeys fighting together the Ramayana Paintings
War scene with humans and monkeys fighting together the Ramayana Paintings

Another war scene with humans and monkeys fighting together.

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Elephants and Chariots braving the rocks. Look at the generous use of gold to embellish a subdued landscape.

Hanuman and his magical tail playing games
Hanuman and his magical tail playing games

Hanuman and his magical tail playing games as rest of the armies fight.

Ravana in his golden court
Ravana in his golden court

Ravana

Loved this depiction of Ravana in his golden court. The detailing of the court in dark grey and golden columns, garments is amazing.

Scene from Rameshwara on Rama's return from Lanka
Scene from Rameshwara on Rama’s return from Lanka

Our guide told us that the figures sitting on the small mats are Rama and Sita and since it was painted after the war scene. I assume this is a scene from Rameshwara on Rama’s return from Lanka.

Ramayana Paintings
Ramayana Paintings

Murals

This is how the murals are depicted in a long corridor around the palace with bright red ceilings. Paintings are a continuous narrative without any explicit break between the scenes, assuming that the viewer is aware of the story and  can relate the paintings to the scenes of Ramayana.

I wish I had more time and a guide to take me through the details of these paintings and the style of paintings.

Recommend you to read following Thailand Tourist attractions, I have visited.

  1. Bangkok Nightlife – 8 Things to Explore.
  2. Ratchaprasong Walk – Hindu Deities in the Heart of Bangkok.
  3. Hua Hin – An Elitist Beach Town.
  4. Pranburi Forest Park, Thailand.
  5. Erawan National Park Walk, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.