This place is always recommended by any travel agents when they have tour in Bangkok, so I went there :-)
Besides, it's the landmark of Bangkok (like Liberty in NY, Eiffel in Paris), so take pics here is a must.
By the way, The Grand Palace (built in 1782) complex houses the royal residence and throne halls, a number of government offices, as well as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is a large compound surrounded by 1,900 meters of walls and covers an area of 218,000 square meters.
Fondest memory: These beautiful mural paintings are on the gallery surrounding the temple of the emerald buddha. They are very beautiful and fascinating, each telling a different story. The murals cover the full walls from floor to ceiling so this is just one small portion of the wall.
Fondest memory: The Grand Palace is the old home of the emperor of Thailand, and is still one of the most important Buddhist temples in the World. This picture is of monks getting ready to enter the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Fondest memory: Wow think the most exciting moment was standing in the Grand Palace. So many colors, gold and mirrors, this architecture was so amazing. Spend some time inside and enjoy all the nice sculpture and carvings.
Go to see the WAT PAKOW
The Royal Tempel.
Fondest memory: Staying in a Tempel and praying and walking each early morning with the budhist monks to collect food for the only meal the monks are allowed to have in a day the PINNAPATHA. This is a old sanscrit word meaning. Collecting food donations.
I use to go behind the monks and collect food parcles in a sack to take to te tample.
In Thailand every male person must atleast for three months become a monk by law.
Even the Royals have been monks some time in thier life.
It's a great training, I would recommend any one planning a stressful job to train in this meditation and mind focusing excercise. It will certainly help to clam any one down.
Enjoy your visit to Thailand and have a great time.
Favorite thing: Have fun & take a pix with the guard at the Royal Palace ;-). Poor guy; he has to stand outside the palace for hours under the hot sun & not allowed to speak to anyone! Considering the number of tourists who visit the Royal Palace everyday, this is one job that Richie will definitely not apply for, no matter how good he looks in the uniform! :P
Bangkok is such an amazing city, with so much going on and to see, it's hard to say where to start. However, The Grand Palace does deserve a visit. Home of one of Thailand's most sacred Buddah images, The Emerald Buddah and several other historic buildings, the Royal Palace was built in 1782. The Thai people have a deep respect for the royal family and visitors are expected to respect them as well. When taking a tour of the palace grounds, you need to ensure that you are properly dressed (long pants, button down shirts for men and generally conservative attire for women). If you are not properly dressed, expect to be turned away (or sometimes given 'loaner' clothes). The Emerald Buddha is so revered, photography of the image is not allowed and only the King can touch it. I ahve included a photo of the Emerald Buddah's Temple.
Fondest memory: I really do miss everything about Bangkok. The food, tuk-tuks, shopping, tailors....I could keep going!
Favorite thing: Grand palace is always full of tourists, so you could have find a quite big que to enter, AND even more odd, the que of people interested in taking a picture ALL at the same subject!
Favorite thing: Looking at the tops of the buildings and shrines at The Grand Palace is worth your time -- each spire is different and all are beautiful.
Favorite thing: I like this building more than the gold and glitter ones. The variety of shapes of the tiles and the subtlety of the colors is a real rest for your eyes after all that glitter.
Favorite thing: One of my favorite buildings at the GP was this one -- no gold or glittering tiles ... but still beautiful crafting. Be sure to look at these details on your visit.
Favorite thing: This is where I go to seek refuge from the blazing sun when in The Grand Palace. Its very cool sitting there .. literally :-)
Favorite thing: The Chakri Maha Prasat hall is a very beautiful building that was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn. There are beautifuly landscaped areas on the front of it.
Favorite thing: Just another shot of the Grand Palace Grounds. There is beauty everywhere to be seen on the grounds! Everytime I visit the Grand Palace I feel as though I stepped into a childrens story book.
Favorite thing: The local guards at the Grand Palace are pretty friendly and the changing of the guard is interesting too. You can see their presicion marching a couple times per day.