Friday, December 22, 2006



"TEMPLE - The buildings inside the walls of the Grand Palace, including the ones of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, are fabulous!"

"GIANTS - Some of the 12 giants, characters from the Thai Ramakien epic, who guard the entrances to Wat Phra Kaeo. The one with a green face and a bamboo shoot on his crown is called Indrajit"

"GOLDEN KINAREES, demons and giants"

"PHRA MONDOP - The Library is situated on a terrace in the middle of Wat Phra Kaeo, and has a large mother-of-pearl bookcase that houses the 84,000 chapters of the Tripitaka"

"PRASAT PHRA DEBIDORN is also called the Pantheon. It houses life-size statues of the first eight kings of the Chakri dynasty and opens its doors only on the Chakri Day - April 6th"

"EMERALD BUDDHA - Difficult to catch from outside and forbidden to photograph inside..."

"BELL TOWER - A beautiful building close to the Emerald Buddha"

"PHRA SRI RATANA CHEDI was built by Rama IV in the mid nineteenth century at the same time as the Royal Pantheon. The chedi recalls the monumental chedi of the old capital in Ayutthaya. The chedi is faced with small gold mirrored tiles and houses a piece of the Buddha's breastbone"

"WAT PHRA KEAW - Several buildings"

GRAND PALACE - It served as the official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. After the death of King Ananda Mahidol in the Baromphiman Palace, King Bhumibol moved the official royal residence to Chitralada Palace"

"CHAKRI MAHAPRASAD HALL - The Great Holy Hall of Chakri is the largest triple-winged of the Grand Palace buildings. It was built in 1882 by British architects and each wing is topped by Mondop, a layered and heavily ornamented spire representing a Thai adaptation of the Hindu Mandapa, or shrine"


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