The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace occupies an area of over 218,000 sq. meters adjacent to the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Rama I on ascending the throne moved the palace from its location in Dhonburi on the other side of the river to its present site. The walls were built in 1783 and after erecting public monuments, like the fortifications and monasteries, the palace was built. Within the walls the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha, the palace offices and the royal residence were placed.

Today's visitors are treated to a magnificent display of history and artifacts of the legendary Siam. Buildings adorned with ornate carvings and mystical figures are the norm as are statues of these mystical figures and shrines honoring numerous different things are common. You can spend hours and hours walking the grounds of the Grand Palace and still not have your fill of its beauty.

Enjoy the pictures taken at the Grand Palace.

Anne standing on the
steps to the Reliquary

Phra Sri Rantana Chedi
The Reliquary, shaped like a golden
cedi, is part of the upper terrace.

Phra Mondhob

Within the walls of the Grand Palace are many buildings and temples, over 30, to enjoy. As shown by the pictures (above) many are elaborately decorated and have ornate roof structures. Many others contain (below) shrines to various revered entities.

Shrine devoted to elephants
The people of Thailand seem to be very religious. Wats, or local Buddhist temples, were located throughout the country and very accessible to the population. Every one we visited was crowded with people and not just tourists. The faithful brought offerings to the shrines and could be seen praying often.
Elephant shrines were common throughout Thailand as the elephant is a revered animal there. Not only have they played an important role in building much of Thailand they have also been important to the history and culture of Thailand. It is said that the kingdom will fall when the last white elephant dies and, we were told, only one white elephant remains today.
Shrines on the grounds of the Grand Palace
Mystical figures of the Kingdom of Siam
Throughout the Grand Palace many statues of mystical figures can be found. Most, like above and below, combine animal features with human forms. From what I understand these figures evolved from the imaginations of the artist and are valued for their aesthetic inspiration. Others, like below, are more elaborately decorated or covered with a brilliant gold.
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