The Grand Palace

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.

Phra Sri Rantana Chedi
The Reliquary, shaped like a golden
cedi, is part of the upper terrace.
Large statues of mystical figures stood guard at the entrance to one of the Grand Palace's temples. They were decorated with beautifully colored ceramic tiles and easily allowed one to imagine the majesty that was once the Kingdom of Siam.

Anne standing on the steps
of the Reliquary

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.

The center picture (above) is a shrine devoted to the elephant. Elephant shrines were common throughout all of 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, from what we were told, only one white elephant remains today.
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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