Grand Palace & Party

Grand Palace & Party

Posted on 19. Jul, 2009 by in Thai Culture, Thailand

On Nicolette’s last day in Bangkok, Sucharn took us to possibly the most famous tourist attraction in Bangkok- The Grand Palace. I guess I was expecting to go inside some impressive building. But rather, it is the whole complex that is impressive. The “outer” part of the goldencomplex is a series of temples, monuments, and tomb-like structures. All covered in either gold (tiles or paint), colored glass tiles, or intricately painted ceramic tiles. There was so much to take in, and the pictures don’t do it justice. The middle of the complex housed the actual palace (although the current king does not live here) and some other ceremonial buildings. It was interesting to see that the architecture of the palace mostly resembles European architecture. I think Sucharn said it was designed by a frenchman. But, to make it Thai, they put Thai-style turrets on the top rather than domes. We couldn’t take pictures inside most of the buildings.

Our day also included
-Wat Poh- a temple of a “reclining Buddha” (I guess that’s the position he was in before he died)
Vinanmek Mansion– largest golden teakwood mansion in the world, with impressive furnishings. We weren’t allowed to take pictures, but you can see pictures here, and even watch a video about it!
Jim Thompson’s house – an American who fell in love with Thailand and helped to revive the silk industry.

Throughout the day, we learned a lot about Thai history. Sucharn knows so much about it! But I have to admit that I had trouble keeping all the kings straight… I’ll have to do some studying and maybe add a Thai history lesson to the blog… Until then, enjoy the pictures!

(Oh yeah- the other pictures are from the English Camp Staff dinner/party last night. Great food, fun with friends, and karaoke! :) )

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One Response to “Grand Palace & Party”

  1. Brad Ruggles

    19. Jul, 2009

    Dang! That’s a lot of gold! Those are some crazy cool pictures.

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