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