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Grand Palace Bangkok: a Buddhist architectural flagship

Grand_Palace_Bangkok“The highlight of this bustling and vibrant city” as defined by an architect that I met on my way to Bangkok.  An opulent architectural masterpiece that will leave even the most hardcore party-goer who survived a wild night on Kao San Road astonished.
The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and it consists of the royal residence and throne halls, and also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meters and is surrounded by four walls, 1900 meters in length.
After King Rama I ascended to the throne in 1782, the palace was built. Before this, the royal palace and centre of administration had been located in Thonburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. For various reasons, the new king considered the former capital to be not suitable and decided to establish a new capital on the other side of the river. By his royal command, a new palace was built to serve not only as his residence abut also as the site of administrative offices. The royal compound has been known since then as the Grand Palace. The two earliest structures erected within the complex were the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, and the Phra Maha Monthian.  Continue reading