Sunday, February 22, 2009
Photo Series Bangkok Grand Palace
This was the first site we visited when we arrived Tues at noon, and it took us almost all afternoon. By the end we were sweating like pigs and exhausted, but it was seriously beautiful, even as crowded as it was.
It's the former royal palace and there is a temple alongside it (one ticket gets you entry into both). The king who had these built is, according to our guidebook, credited with beginning the practice of embedding colored pieces of ceramic to create colorful exterior walls. Funny that they would phrase it like that and not that an artist or a period developed this style.
Visitors are not allowed in if they are wearing something above the knee or that bares their shoulders, so at the entrance they will lend you clothing to use while visiting. Included is a pic of my friends in all their borrowed splendor.