Must See Places in Bangkok / Top Tourist Attractions Thailand / Grand Palace

Must See Places in Bangkok / Top Tourist Attractions Thailand / Grand Palace

Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful
and important places in the whole country If you are an experienced traveler or
even if it’s your first visit to Bangkok – It doesn’t really matter. Grand Palace is a must-see for everyone and today I’m going to see it together
with you Grand Palace is one of the most popular and famous landmarks of Thailand. Surrounded by almost 2 kilometers long wall, it is located in the old town of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. Nowadays the palace is no longer a residence to the Thai King, and the royal buildings can be seen during a tour, however some parts of the Palace are still not open to the public. This is the Royal Pantheon, called Prasat Phra Thep Bidorn. The life sized statues of each of the kings of the Chakri Dynasty are located inside of this building, which is open to public only one day a year – Chakri Day – falling on the 6th April each year. This is Phra Mondop – a building which serves as the Palace library, and houses Canon of Buddha – sacred scriptures written on palm leaf, as well as ancient Buddhist literature. The building remains closed to the public, so you won’t be able to come inside and see any sacred texts, but nevertheless you will get amazed by the outstanding architecture and beauty of this building. This is the one of most sacred places of Thailand – the temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, where photo and video shooting are not allowed. There are several legends tell different stories about the Emerald Buddha image, but still nobody knows for sure when it was created and from where it originates. People believed the Buddha to be made from emerald, but it is actually was made from green jade. It is believed the Emerald Buddha image to be more than 2000 years old and was carved in India. Few times it was transferred to different locations, and in 15th century it was discovered again in a temple in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. And this magnificent building is Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall which was a royal residence built by King Rama V in the end of 19th century It was designed by a British architect in Renaissance style, but King Rama V ordered that it be combined with Thai style stepped roofs and spires. The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the Grand Palace until 1925, however it’s still used for official events. A number of royal ceremonies are held within the walls of the palace every year. There are many more buildings here to explore, so come earlier to admire this unique complex. And you may even be lucky to see the changing of the King’s Guards. A visit to the Grand Palace is perfectly combined with two other Bangkok landmarks. The first is Wat Pho – the temple of the Reclining Buddha which is located in a walking distance. The second is Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn, which you may see right across from Wat Pho on the other side of the Chao Phraya river. The easiest and nicest way to get to the Grand Palace is by river boat. Get the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS station, where you just need to go down the stairs to the pier called Sathorn. Here you can buy a 20 baht ticket for a boat with the orange flag to enjoy 20 minutes river journey to the Grand Palace. Well, guys, that’s it! If you like this
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