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March 15, 2013

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace Bangkok

A must-see sight for any travelers to Bangkok is this magnificent Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha located at the heart of the city. These complex of buildings are in one compound.  I can't count the number of times I have been there. The entrance ticket has changed several times in the last thirteen years but it's worth the money. This time, my guests and I paid Thai Baht 500 each.(around $16).

There is an increasing  number of tourists visiting the temples and palace. Thirteen years ago, I could walk the whole stretch of the temple's yard without elbowing through the crowd.

 Pictures don't always say it all. One must be there in person to appreciate its beauty.

Scale model of Angkor Wat

Scale model of Angkor Wat from a different angle

 The roofs are intricately designed with faience and the walls with murals.

 The Golden Chedi are covered with gold leaf and guarded by garudas.
Garuda sculptures

The Grand Palace  was built in 1782 and was the residence of the King, the royal court and the administrative seat of the government for 150 years.

Dusit Throne Hall at the Grand Palace

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