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November 7, 2008
From journal Thailand 2008
December 30, 2002
The Grand Palace is the home of the Emerald Buddha. It was very beautiful. The ornate detailing of the buildings was unbelievable, and the grounds were very clean despite the thousands of tourists crowding into them.
Lesson learned . . . Make sure you wear comfortable and CONSERVATIVE clothing. Shoes that cover your entire foot and are easy to slip on and off are a MUST. Bring bottled water and LOTS of film.
From journal Bangkok Thailand
February 25, 2005
It was gaudy and beautiful at the same time. I got some good photos, but the reality is that the place is swarming with tourists. It was worth seeing anyway. There is much to be learned about the Thai culture and history surrounding the palace if you are into that. The buildings are decadent and unlike anything I have ever seen here in the US. There is a beautiful, long mural that depicts ancient scenes that you definitely don’t want to miss. It is also the home of the Emerald Buddha. To be honest, I wasn’t overly impressed with it, but it is a big deal in Thailand and on the list of national treasures that are worth the effort to go see.
From journal Thailand - November 2003
February 16, 2005
The tour guide walked us through the various palaces and temples and gave us a history of the area in very broken English. We were able to go to a few places in the complex that we might not have without a tour guide. The actual tour was relatively quick, but we were hot and jet-lagged, so it was just the right amount of time. Make sure to wear sandals; otherwise, you will have to go outside of the complex to rent the proper shoes.
However, before dropping us back at our hotel, they proceeded to take us shopping at various tourist shops, like a tailor shop, a jewelry shop, etc. The tours and the shops must have a partnership together to make extra money. We didn't buy anything, and the tour guide was getting a little irritated. When we signed up for the tour of the palace, we didn't know that these shops would also be on the agenda.
From journal Honeymoon in Thailand
Vancouver, British Columbia
August 28, 2002
It's magnificent site. So many of the walls are handpainted. There is so much gold everywhere! There's also a lot of jade objects and many of them are hand carved into Buddhas. Some of the buildings don't allow visitors with shoes to go in. You can only go in if you take off your shoes. For some of the more crowded buildings where shoes can't be worn, I didn't go in since I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to find my shoes afterwards! There were easily over a hundred people in the site.
The site most people go for is to see the Emerald Buddha located in the Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha.
From journal Bangkok Trip 2001
February 18, 2002
From journal Bangkok- Pleasures palace ;-)
February 22, 2001
From journal Bustling Bangkok
April 19, 2011
July 8, 2008
From journal Hot Hot Hot Bangkok
December 6, 2005
A must-visit for all travellers to Bangkok, the Grand Palace is located next to Phra Keow Temple. This glorious art of building is a feast to your eyes. Visitors pay 250 baht to gain access to three parts of the compound. For the uninitiated, Grand Palace will prove to be a journey into Thailand's rich history of monarchy, brilliant architecture, and Buddhist roots.
The best way to beat the traffic is get there via the river taxis. Stop at the Tha Thien Pier and the Grand Palace is within a 5-minute walk. Temples are highly sacred grounds in Thailand, and visitors are required to cover their shoulders, feet, and knees.
As if enshrouded in an air of serene religiosity, packs of pigeons/doves greet visitors before the entrance. Inside the compound, visitors are greeted by a ceremony of soldiers changing shifts. The full glory and magnificence of the temples can only be relished by your eyes, with intricate carvings on every walls, surrounded by lamps and pillars of murals depicting the myths of Thai history. In one of the temples is the Emerald Buddha, clothed in different robes according to different seasons. Long halls lit by exquisite lamps flanked the individual temples, which are a rich gold colour. It is a blend of Asian and European-inspired architecture. Richly crafted rooftops fit on European buildings somehow depict the Bangkok of today--a fusion of Western commercialisation and rich Asian heritage.
Renovation works were in progress while we were there. Even then, the neatly kept compound where the palace used to house royalties is an interesting juxtaposition of West meets East. The only drawback is that all signs are in Thai and visitors unwilling to pay the 200 baht for guided tours may not be able to fully comprehend the rich history of the temples.
From journal Bangkok - Cultural & Shopping Melting Pot