Day 1: Bangkok City Walking Tour

After a long trip, we’re here in Bangkok Thailand! Yipppeeeee!!!

It was a tiring midnight flight from Manila to Thailand but I still have energies to explore this beautiful city.

So after breakfast, we started our walking tour. 1st stop is the GRAND PALACE.

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Do not wear sleeveless, shorts, leggings and tight pants.

You need to rent a malong to cover your exposed skins so you can go inside.

Good thing, I brought my gray cardigans to cover my arms.

ImageThe GRAND PALACE Complex was established in 1782 and it consists of not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meters and is surrounded by four walls, 1900 meters in length. (source: Grand Palace Guide hand outs)

ImageThe UPPER TERRACE. Four main monuments are found on this terrace: a reliquary in the shape of a golden chedi; the Mondop, a repository for Buddhist sacred scriptures inscribed on palm leaves, contained within a beautiful mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinet; a miniature Angkor Wat crafted by the order of King Mongkut (Rama IV); and the Royal Pantheon in which statues of past sovereigns of the ruling Chakri Dynasty are enshrined. Scattered around the terrace are the statues of elephants and mythical beings.

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The ROYAL MONASTERY OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. The Emerald Buddha is enshrined on a golden traditional Thai-style throne made of gilded-carved wood, known as a Busabok, in the ordination hall of the Royal Monastery. The Emerald Buddha is carved from a block of green jade and was first discovered in  1434 in a stupa in Chiang Rai. Sorry, can not take photo inside the monastery.

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Other buildings: The PHRA MAHA MONTHIAN Group, The CHAKRI Group, The DUSIT Group, The BOROM PHIMAN MANSION.

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QUEEN SIRIKIT MUSEUM of TEXTILESImageBefore moving to the next destination, need to have our lunch first. Oh I love Thai’s milk tea!!!

ImageNext is WAT PHO,  is a Buddhist  temple in Phra Nakhon districtBangkokThailand. It is located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Known also as theTemple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan. The image of reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head with tight curls on two box-pillows of blue, richly encrusted with glass mosaics. The 3 m high and 4.5 m long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories.Over the statue is a seven tiered umbrella representing the authority of Thailand. There are 108 bronze bowls in the corridor indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. People drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune, and to help the monks maintain the wat. Though the reclining Buddha is not a pilgrimage centre, it remains an object of popular piety.

ImageImageThen time to go back to Rambuttri Guesthouse.

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04/12/2014

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