Hello! Time to tell about cultural part of Bangkok – temples with golden roofs, beautiful architectural details, millions of tourists and demons-guardians. Attention: many pictures incoming 🙂
The Grand Palace. In the heart of Bangkok you would find a big white wall and beautiful buildings behind it. To get there besides paying for entrance, you need to look uhm… a bit formal I guess. No shorts, open breast and shoulders, no short skirts and so on. For non-prepared people there’re sellers near The Grand Palace where everybody can buy trousers with elephants! You can’t imagine how many people I saw in these trousers, probably TOP 1 of sold clothes 😉
The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782. Currently it’s partially open to the public as a huge museum, but it remains a working palace with several royal offices situated inside.
From my perspective the place amazes. However the amount of tourists well… amazes also.
There’re many different guardians on the entrances of the temples. For example here’re demons (Yakshas or nature spirits).
Many creatures can be found neat the temples. Guess birds are Garudas (part bird, part human), lions are Shishi (from Wat Pho, not Grand Palace), have no idea who is last one, but reminds me a fox (from Wat Pho as well, not Grand Palace). If you recognized the last guy, please share your thoughts 😉
There’s also a model of Angkor Wat – a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world (c) Wikipedia. I really want to see it when will be visiting Cambodia. Why it’s in Bangkok’s Grand Palace in Thailand? Found out that before about half of Cambodia was a vassal state of Siam (now Thailand), and the king wanted to show the people the grandeur that was under Thai rule. Looks actually really impressive, can’t imagine the majesty of a real one!
As you walk through The Grand Palace, one of the fascinating things you’ll see are murals. The murals date to the 18th century and tell the story of Thailand in 178 individual scenes. We made different assumptions about the story with my mom and later found out that we both were wrong. So not sure that only images will be enough 😉 But it’s still very interesting to “read”.
There’re many temples with Buddha statues. Entering the temple people should take off their shoes and keep quit (btw generally people take off their shoes when they’re entering any house/office/shop. It’s noticeable on the islands, but in Bangkok I had to take off shoes only for temples).
Special remark about details of the architecture, did you notice how incredible they are?
Wat Pho. It’s a Buddhist temple complex, close to The Grand Palace. I liked this place much more, amount of tourists was significantly less, peace and tranquility everywhere, like in a real temple 🙂 And the beauty of the place amazes as well.
The most known touristic object of interest here is a 46 m long reclining Buddha statue, which wasn’t really impressive imho.
I really enjoyed pagodas on the territory of Wat Pho, they’re amazing!
Wat Pho is quite big. Funny story, when we were searching for an exit, we walked around whole complex twice thinking that we didn’t finish the circle yet. At some moment we started being annoyed like: “Omg, I saw tree like this already…And this Medical school looks the same as we saw some time before… And this statue, that guy has exactly the same face as… Wait a minute!”
Yak Wat Pho (Wat Pho’s Giants), guardians near one of the entrances.
Totally tired, hungry and with no forces to walk we reached Wat Arun (“Temple of Dawn”) by boat.
The temple derives its name from god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple. It’s high enough, but if you get to the viewpoint, you can (probably) see a beautiful panorama of Bangkok. Since I’m too old for this, I was sitting on the bench and waiting when my fighter will come back with panoramic photos 🙂 Mom came back to me disappointed as stairs were closed, so no way to the top. We tried to ask what happened, however, nobody from security spoke English 😦
Even though I’m not a big fan of museums, castles and temples, I would say these places are really impressive and adorable! Would mark as must see in Bangkok, to feel the history and culture of Thailand and to be amazed by temples’ beauty 🙂