Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha

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Parade 2
Today, we have two destinations to go, which are Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha. Actually both of the two attractions is packed into one area. We plan to go early to avoid the crowd but it turns out that we hardly move our body to wake-up and prepare for the trip. We are so exhausted so we think the best to deal with it is just takes time and do the best we can. We leave the hotel at 10 a.m.

There is a going on parade in the main street of Sukhumvit. I do not know what it is for but it is nice to see them bare-foot walking and bring many decorations and flowers.

To reach the place, we just do the usual trip, the same as yesterday. Take the sky train at Nana station, changing line from Sukhumvit line to Silom line at Siam Interchange, then ride the Silom line until it stop at the last station: Saphan Taksin.
Fettucini carbonara. A sour one because lots of tomatoes in it!
Then, we continue with another kind of transportation which is through the river by riding the orange flag boat at Saphan Taksin/Sathorn pier. The pier is located at the same area with Saphan Taksin BTS (Bangkok Train Station).

This time, we stop at Tha Chang Pier which is one pier after Tha Tien pier. Because it is almost midday, we decide to take a lunch first before entering the palace. We stop at the restaurant, the only restaurant near the pier, and get the lunch there. Lucky for us that it is air conditioned, at least we can take a rest for a while from the devilish heat.

Continuing with the trip, it is already around 12 o'clock and the heat is unbearable. We try to walk under the shady trees which are not so many, only on the left side of the street from the pier.
Aaaaarrggghh...this is heavy!
At last, we manage to reach the entrance gate. We have to walk for another hundreds meter to get into the ticket counter. The entry ticket costs THB 300 each (around USD 10). It is a combined ticket with a visit to Vimanmek Palace, Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, and Sanam Chandra Palace. For the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, the ticket purchased is valid only for the day when it is purchased. For the rest destinations, it is valid within 7 days after the purchasing date.

The complex is big and have many structures including stupas with beautiful architecture. Before entering the palace, we have a short stop at the coin museum, right side from the main entrance way. It is an additional sightseeing for the whole complex and it is free. Though, in my opinion it is not interesting to see.

After taking pictures here and there around the palace and the temple complex, we go back to the hotel.

At night, we go to Suan Lum Night Bazaar, which is not too far from our hotel. We buy a lot of T-shirts for souvenirs. It is also hot and humid there. Oh, I can stand with the weather here.

Back at the hotel, I am so hungry that I finish one bigg size pan of spinach and cheese pizza, all by myself!


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Parade 2
Parade 2
Fettucini carbonara. A sour one be…
Fettucini carbonara. A sour one b…
Aaaaarrggghh...this is heavy!
Aaaaarrggghh...this is heavy!
Parade 1
Parade 1
Parade 3
Parade 3
Parade 4
Parade 4
From BTS going to the Pier at Saph…
From BTS going to the Pier at Sap…
Sathorn Pier.
Sathorn Pier.
Getting on board.
Getting on board.
View from the boat
View from the boat
An exclusive Pier of a hotel
An exclusive Pier of a hotel
Fire boat.
Fire boat.
On the boat.
On the boat.
Another view
Another view
Belongs to the hotel.
Belongs to the hotel.
Try drinking from the small coconu…
Try drinking from the small cocon…
The mountain called: fried rice. :)
The mountain called: fried rice. :)
Many kind of food stalls.
Many kind of food stalls.
The way to the entrance gate (Vise…
The way to the entrance gate (Vis…
Temple of The Emerald Buddha, take…
Temple of The Emerald Buddha, tak…
The heat is horrible, mom!
The heat is horrible, mom!
Phra Mondop
Phra Mondop
The sun shines so hot until all th…
The sun shines so hot until all t…
Resting..resting....resting...at t…
Resting..resting....resting...at …
Phra Mondop on the right and Phra …
Phra Mondop on the right and Phra…
On the way to the temple entrance
On the way to the temple entrance
Hor Phra Rajphongsanusorn. Dont a…
Hor Phra Rajphongsanusorn. Don't …
I am green.
I am green.
Its green..its white, its thoug…
It's green..it's white, it's thou…
Dont steal my shoes, please!
Don't steal my shoes, please!
The sideways of the temple
The sideways of the temple
Leaning...guys! Hold it tight!
Leaning...guys! Hold it tight!
The Royal Patheon.
The Royal Patheon.
Trying to be the same..
Trying to be the same..
Beautiful structure.
Beautiful structure.
The roof can stab a low flying bir…
The roof can stab a low flying bi…
Taking pictures.
Taking pictures.
The main door of the Royal Pantheo…
The main door of the Royal Panthe…
A shrine in front of the temple.
A shrine in front of the temple.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha from …
Temple of the Emerald Buddha from…
Selling lotus for praying.
Selling lotus for praying.
Turn right and you are going to th…
Turn right and you are going to t…
The garden.
The garden.
The view of the temple from the ga…
The view of the temple from the g…
Pray.
Pray.
Watching the murals.
Watching the murals.
One of the murals.
One of the murals.
Can you read this?
Can you read this?
Let me try, Sir!
Let me try, Sir!
The guards.
The guards.
March for replacement.
March for replacement.
The mushroom shaped plants.
The mushroom shaped plants.
Chakri Maha Prasat Hall.
Chakri Maha Prasat Hall.
Phimanchaisri Gate.
Phimanchaisri Gate.
The hall from the gate
The hall from the gate
Noooo....!!! I dont want to do th…
Noooo....!!! I don't want to do t…
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