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The Grand Palace
2001-05-25 11:43:00
One of the big sights in Bankok is the Grand Palace. It is just amazing handcraft, and very specially designed too.
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We started of the approach to the Grand Palace as super tourists. Nothing is more important than to really show the world that there is absolutely no doubt about the fact that you are tourists. If you look closely at this picture, you will be able to see the Grand Palace in the background.

The Grand Palace consists of several buildings, and has been the property of the Kings of Thailand since Rama 1 and up to know. It was buildt in 1782, and is an amazing piece of handcraft covering 218.400 sq. meters.

When you enter the palace site, and be aware that you should be properly dressed, you realize that it is buildt up of several amazing temples if you want. The first one is the Hor Phra Sri Ratana Chedi, a pretty tall building covered with mosaic of 2 sq. cm golden tails. What a load of work, but the result has absolutely been worth the effort. It is just amazing.

The biggest sight of all inside the Grand Palace is the Emerald Buddha, carved from one piece of Jade stone. We where not allowed to take pictures here, but the Buddha figure was much smaller than expected. It was however very beautiful, and a funny detail is that they change the clothing of the figure by the seasons. Not four seasons as we count it, but summer, rainy season and winter. It is only the King or Prince who is allowed to change the clothing of the Emerald Buddha.

The Emerald Buddha resides in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the figure is of course guarded by the real stuff. The building itself is a fantastic piece of handcraft, and I would like to remind you of the 2 sq. cm tails on the golden temple.

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