In Royal footsteps.....
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Since the visit yesterday to the Royal Grand Palace didn't happen I decided to go for it today.
The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and houses not only the royal residence and throne halls but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Budha. It covers an area of 218.000 square metres nd is surrounded by four walls, 1900 meters in length.
You enter the Palace through the Viseschaisri Gate and are then guided towards the Temple of The Emerald Budha numerous religious monuments in gold and stone. It's quite extravagant and impressive. I especially found the Phra Siratana Chedi very beautyfull in it's simple gold design. The next step is the acctuall Palace building which houses an interesting weapons exhibition and also unvails an ancient liasion between the king of Siam (Thailand) and the japaneese.
I especially enjoyed the big park outside the palace building. It's incredibly beautyfull and for those of us who loves takeing pictures - it has thousands of interesting opportunities. Unfortunately the Rajakranysapha Hall was closed due to a royal ceremoni while I was there - so I didn't get in there.
The royal Grand Palace is definately a must for those interested in parks, architecture, beauty and history.
After the palace I went by skytrain to Victory Monument - did a few pictures and then walked down Ratchawiti Road to Rama IV Road where I got a taxi for the Ratchathewi Station. Went from there to Silom, where I took a wrong exit and ended up among all the street vendors at Ratchadamiri Road, where my eyes fell on a REALLY good Omega copy. Both when it comes to wheight and details was I stunned of the likeness, but paying 2800 THB for a copy watch was not really in my game - so I eded up declineing.