The Grand Palace Bangkok is a prime tourist attraction. The palace was built in about 1782. However the current king does not reside here, but the palace is used for royal functions.
However, in this post I am going to give you the true insight into how I approach history and monuments! If I research the web, I can give you an educated account. But this piece is a good example of how I really write about history. Be warned!
10. Apsaras on the Ground
Our guide Joe was pointing out the similarities between Hindu mythology and the figures depicted in the Grand Palace Complex. So, this was an Apsara and we who are familiar with Hindu mythology know what it means!
I can’t exactly remember what convoluted explain was given to me about the nagas. I was told they were like dragon only they could not fly or something like that. I remarked that they look like snakes! And then my guide pointed out that they call them nagas too! of course we understand nagas but he pointed out rightly that the rest of the world didn’t!
08. Giant Yakshas
If you would ask me, the Yakshas are my favorite figures among all that I see in a Thai temples and palaces. They are the protectors of the place, standing tall right at the gates. And even though they look fierce they never really look scary, at least not to me!
07. Murals on the Walls
The walls of the Grand Palace depict grand murals both from Buddhism and Hinduism. If I remember correctly the Hindu murals are related to the Ramayana. Now I wonder why my mind develops a dense fog around historical details!
06. Golden Guards on the Walls of the Emerald Buddha
I know there has to be a mythical story behind these guards. But guess what I liked them for? They make for an excellent spot for photography, whether you want to get clicked or simply click the scene.
05. The Emerald Buddha
The Emerald Buddha is a magnificent site. You can not do photography in the main pavilion. So I took out my zoom and clicked this picture from a distance. The Buddha is wearing his autumn attire in this picture. The clothes are changed according to the season in a royal ceremony.
04. The Shoe of the Giant Yaksha
I said before that I do not found the yakshas scary and I found there shoes positively cute. The color combination of green, blue and yellow looks so beautiful as well.
03. The Grand Structures
The Grand Palace is a collection of beautiful structures. It was quite difficult to get the scale in a single frame even after using a wide angle lens.
02. A Golden Pagoda
There are many golden pagodas within the complex. one of them is particularly huge. The smaller ones are said to contain the ashes of the royal ancestors.
01. The Grand Palace, Bangkok
This is a partial view of the Grand Palace. I think the best view of the whole building is from the Chao Phraya river as it gives a bird eye view of the entire majestic structure.
Now that you have slogged through the post, you can see why I do not readily write about monuments. I somehow gloss over all the details and remember only a small bit of everything I saw. Now give me a trek and I would remember everything! But even through my muddle account, you will have agree that it is a beautiful place!
In all my trips to Thailand, I have been to Grand Palace just once. I actually need to do a detailed post about it, rather than this quick one, but that will have to wait as this one is being uploaded from the airport.
I am a complete chicken when it comes to photographing people. In the recent months I have realized that people pay you less attention if you click them using a mobile phone. However, this shot was taken using my DLSR.
I think two things worked in my favor. I was already standing at this spot and playing around with my camera. The smiling girl arrived after me. She is also not smiling for me, it is her friend who is also clicking her picture, with her cell phone. I was simply crashing her party.
I have said before that I click people only when I am using the zoom lens. This was an exception. I clicked this one using the 50 mm prime. once again I guess was possible because I was already on the scene and the girl was not paying attention to me. I was already part of the scenery, I was already fooling around with my camera. Maybe this could be a new trick in my arsenal! And I could use the 50 mm prime after all for clicking people!
I wonder if I could ever become comfortable clicking people? Who knows I may, after all some time ago I would not click almost any photos which had people in it!
This Lazy Sunday post is being uploaded from T3! I leave you with a smiling girl at the Grand Palace, Bangkok while I fly out to Paro, Bhutan with Makemytrip. Not sure if I can blog live or not.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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