The Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls and pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. Several royal offices are still located within the Palace but it is open to the public and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.
Over the years, additions and re-buildings have given the Palace a very eclectic look. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to where new buildings were constructed - it looks like they were just built anywhere there was enough space. Walking into the Palace area was a bit overwhelming and I think we all had sensory overload for a few minutes. There are so many buildings, one on top of the other, and they are all elaborately painted and detailed. It was hard to choose which way to go and what to look at first. So much gold and sparkle and so many beautiful colors and interestingly designed buildings...
Many of the buildings had such elaborately decorated spires - they looked like tiered wedding cakes!
I think this was the building where the Emerald Buddha was displayed. You can read more about the Emerald Buddha here. My only comment about the Emerald Buddha was that it was much smaller than I expected. In all of the temples that we have visited in Thailand, the Buddha figures are very large (at least 4 meters tall) and I just assumed the Emerald Buddha would be the same.
The intricate details and the colors of the paintings and the mosaics were incredible.
A closer look at the mosaic detail.
This is a ceiling!
Detail at the base of one of the buildings.
Another beautiful ceiling.
A beautiful mural was painted on an interior wall that surrounded the Palace.
The mural went on and on and on...
Some of the figures and scenes from the mural...
I am going to stop here and write another post about our visit to Wat Pho and the Jim Thompson House later this morning.
Have a great Wednesday!