The Thailand Grand Palace
It says Grand Palace, but in reality we were not allowed on the grounds of the actual Grand Palace, but we did visit the Wat Phra Kaeo ... Temple of the Emerald Buddha (The Emerald Buddha is carved from Jade, not emerald, and is clothed in gold gowns). The history of how it came to Thailand or even where it was from is not certain, but it is the most Sacred Buddha in Thailand and is looked on as the protector of the people.
The brown area shows the area of the Temple that we visited.
From the outside ... looking from the street ...
As we entered, it was very crowded and everyone was held to a strict dress code. One of our party members had to "borrow" a wrap to cover more of her legs.
The Emerald Buddha
(This picture is from the internet because we were not allowed to take pictures inside the temple ...)
This is the Grand Palace ... we were able to get pictures even though we couldn't go in.
Build in 1782, it was the seat of government for over 150 years.
The intricate architecture and art throughout the complex was beautiful ... more than beautiful, amazing, something I wish everyone could see in their lifetime.
The Wat Phra Kaeo is the spiritual center of Thailand
Though Military presence was noticeable ...
Time to go ...
A last look ...
And many beautiful memories ...
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