Wednesday, 18 March 2009

GRAND PALACE, BANGKOK - PART 2

The Grand Palace was completed in 1782 and for 150 years, it was home to many Thai Kings and served as the Royal Court and administration for the Government. The Grand Palace at the moment is used for occassional ceremonial purposes and the current King does not live here anymore.

Upon entering to the Grand Palace, people praying and offering lotuses.


There are 2 things that are never missed in ancient temples are palaces. In Cambodia, the extensive bas reliefs hard carved in stone and here in Bangkok, never ending murals.


An artist doing restoration works and repainting the murals.


Many paintings represented tales from Ramayana, the famous and well known Hindu epic, popular in Cambodia, Burma, Laos and Thailand too.


More wall paintings and I love the gold outline.























Almost in every corner and pillar, there is something interesting to look at.
























Walking around the buildings, I was amazed by all the details of all buidlings, each different and more elaborate than the previous one.


There was a strict dress code inside the Palace, no shorts, sleeveless, slippers or see through clothing allowed. If you do come dressed as such, you'll need to hire some clothing or socks before you are allowed to enter.


More mythical guardians everywhere in gold.
























Larger guardians and a naga or serpent head at one of the buildings. Interestingly, this word naga which meant serpent head or dragon is the same word used in Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. In the West, one would call it them guardian angels, though these were quite fearsome looking actually.






















The details were amazing, every corner of any buildings were covered with something shiny or colourful.






















One of the many Buddha figures at one of the corner of a building.


More 'tuk tuks' or 'tuc tuc' as Elizabeth put it as she's covering India at the moment. The Indian tuc tucs were very colourful, but I doubt they were as dangereous as the ones here in Thailand. Sitting within inches away from a swinging bus or speeding car is not really my idea of safety, but then it is the fastest mode of transport as they move in and out and most of the time, opposite traffic. Try it if you dare :P



Something sweet. Back to the work at the convention centre, food was too much and Thai desserts were the best and everyone favourite. I loved this cherry..or I thought it was a cherry..


Here is a collague holding the half eaten 'cherry', it's actually made from glutinuous rice and green peas as filling..yummy!



I think this Palace is the longest post ever, this is the 2nd part and I am only half way there...it really seems like a never ending post. Within the Palace, there was the Emerald Buddha - the most sacred religious figure in Thailand, more chedis and the Vimameak Mansion etc.

See you all soon :D