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Experience the Ancient World of Siam

March 29th, 2014 • by admin


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Experience the Ancient World of Siam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Walking into the Grand Palace complex is like experiencing another world, the world of splendor and grandeur of the kings in ancient times.

I was especially intrigued with the statues based on mythology and other themes. Many of these statues were large standing above the visitors.    

At the Wat Phra Kaew building, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one demon guard with a green face and another with a white face protected the entrance. These statues were designed as yakshis from the Ramakian (the Thai version of the Hindu Ramayana epic). They wore highly detailed ancient war suits (see photo). Each of the two statues dramatically reached 16 feet high.  

There were giant red faced demon statues guarding the East Gate. With every step, I found new and exciting architectural designs and the most unique statues!  Some statues had human bodies combined with animal forms.

You can't miss the golden stupa. The great giant golden stupa was built with bricks and cement but gilded with a golden tile mosaic from Italy. According to legend, the monkeys were depicted working with the demons to support the golden stupa (see photo). This bell-shaped tower (stupa) represents classical Siamese (now Thai) and Burmese architecture.

The golden touches on the buildings, temples, statues and spirals all sparkled under the sun.

Two absolutely awesome golden deity statues stand at the top of the stairs guarding the Phra Mondop Library. The banisters are designed as Naga, golden serpents, or the King Cobra. The walls of the Library are jeweled with mirrored tiles inlaid with gold medallions.  

With over 60 acres and 100 different buildings to explore, I had a lot of photos to shoot.  Try to save a whole day to visit the Grand Palace in order not to have to rush and to see as much as possible.

There are four sections in the Grand Palace- the inner, middle, outer and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You will see the monks wearing their colorful garments as they walk around the Grand Palace.

Built in 1782 when King Rama I became the ruler of Siam, the kings had been in residence at Grand Palace for many years but now it is only for used special occasions.

The Grand Palace is located along the Chao Phraya River (the River of Kings). www.tourismthailand.org

Thailand has something for everyone! Tourism Thailand would be happy to assist in travel plans. Do you want a honeymoon hideaway, family fun, a unique setting for a wedding, couple?s getaways, or business meeting? Whether your trip is for pleasure or business they have itineraries and suggestions.

Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel journalist, photographer, and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. She is published in Dubai, Japan, England, South America, and other countries in addition to the United States.