bangkok: the grand palace & wat pho {the temple of the reclining buddha}

Thursday, January 17:  After our boat ride, we wander through a market and head to the Grand Palace.

Market outside of the Grand Palace

Market outside of the Grand Palace

First view of the Grand Palace

First view of the Grand Palace

Elephants greet us at the entrance to the Grand Palace

Elephants greet us at the entrance to the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.  The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently lives at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. (Wikipedia: Grand Palace)

Wats at the Grand Palace

Wats at the Grand Palace

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

at the Grand Palace

at the Grand Palace

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Construction of the palace began on 6 May 1782. Throughout successive reigns, many new buildings and structures were added, especially during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). By 1925 the king, the Royal Family and the government were no longer permanently settled at the palace, and had moved to other residences. After the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932, all government agencies completely moved out of the palace.(Wikipedia: Grand Palace)

view from above

view from above

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Ryan

Ryan

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

me

me

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

In shape, the palace complex is roughly rectangular and has a combined area of 218,400 square metres (2,351,000 sq ft), surrounded by four walls. It is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River at the heart of the Rattanakosin Island.

Rather than being a single structure, the Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. Its asymmetry and eclectic styles are due to its organic development, with additions and rebuilding being made by successive reigning kings over 200 years of history. It is divided into several quarters: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the Outer Court, with many public buildings; the Middle Court, including the Phra Maha Monthian Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings; the Inner Court and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. The Grand Palace is currently partially open to the public as a museum, however it remains a working palace as several royal offices are still situated inside. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. (Wikipedia: Grand Palace)

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

at the Grand Palace

at the Grand Palace

Ryan the warrior

Ryan the warrior

me

me

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

We have lunch at a Thai restaurant, then we head to Wat Pho, commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, directly adjacent to the Grand Palace in the Rattanakosin district.  The temple is known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.  Wat Pho is named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived. (Wikipedia: Wat Pho)

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha

At Wat Pho

At Wat Pho

Ryan beats the gong

Ryan beats the gong

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

the Reclining Buddha

the Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

a Buddhist monk at Wat Pho

a Buddhist monk at Wat Pho

??, Johanna and Jennifer at Wat Pho

??, Johanna and Jennifer at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

at Wat Pho

We leave the complex and head back into the streets of Bangkok, where we encounter fruit vendors and the chaotic tangle of Bangkok traffic.

Fruit vendor

Fruit vendor

another Buddha

another Buddha

After dinner, Johanna, who has not been feeling well since we arrived in Bangkok, and I go for a relaxing foot massage.

At the foot massage parlor

At the foot massage parlor

Johanna waiting for a foot massage

Johanna waiting for a foot massage

Advertisements
Categories: Asia, Bangkok, Grand Palace, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Thailand, Wat Pho | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

I'd love hear your comments & start a conversation! :-)

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Megadiverse Piedmont

Farming an acre in the Upper Wolf Island Creek subwatershed in the Roanoke River basin.

Ravi'S Blog

Java Fever

John SterVens' Tales

Thee Life, Thee Heart, Thee Tears

Set SerenDestiny in Motion

"Lead the Life You're Meant to Live"

Romancing Reality

Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Jill's Scene

A small town take on the big, wide world

eatprayjade

eating and traveling in pursuit of la dolce vita

Japan Wonders

Exploring Japan's popular tourist spots and off-the-beaten path

A lot from Lydia

You can learn a lot from Lydia...(It's a song, not a promise.)

Ink Arts by Carol

My site for offering my alcohol ink arts

I see Beauty everyday

Blessed be the ones that see beauty where others see nothing

BOOKING IT

Debra's Excellent Adventures in Reading and Travel

Marsha Ingrao

Traveling & Blogging Near and Far

PIRAN CAFÉ

Notebooks from a trampfest. Travel tips, tales and images, online since 2006.

Word Wabbit

Wrestless Word Wrestler

Cardinal Guzman

Encyclopedia Miscellaneous - 'quality' blogging since August 2011

Pit's Fritztown News

A German Expat's Life in Fredericksburg/Texas

%d bloggers like this: