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The Royal Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaeo- The Temple of The Emerald Buddha

The Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok is in reality a walled town covering an area of over a square mile. Besides the Chapel Royal where the Emerald Buddha is enshrined, the principal objects of interest within the precincts of the Palace are the two hals of audience.

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One of the many gates, guarded by giant warrior statues

The Chakri Palace is an imposing buildind constructed after the plans os a British architect in the style of the Italian Renaisssanse, but covered with a roof of pure Thai style.
Most of it is occupied by the Throne Hall.

Original photographs by Isnard Martins , 1998

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The Emerald Temple (Wat Phra Keo) is a 'must' for every visitor to Bangkok. The Grand Palace Complex, which includes the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one-piece jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today. Nearby is the Grand Palace, once the official home of the Kings of Siam - built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs. You will also visit The Royal Funeral Hall and The Royal Cornational Hall.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), this wonderland of golden towers and superb buildings decorated with glittering mosaics in lovely colours, is certainly Thailand`s most famous sightseeing area.


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