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The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is something like a small town within the city. The building of the palace was started in 1782, when Bangkok became the 4th capital of Thailand. Despite the fact, that the King doesn't live in this palace anymore and the palace is used only on special occasions, it still remains a symbolic heart of Bangkok. The territory of the Grand Palace is the location of Wat Phra Kaeo Temple. This Temple stores a great sacred object - the Emerald Buddha. The 75-santimeter statue of Buddha is made from jade, and the age of the statue is approximately 500 years. Three times a year during a solemn ceremony, in which the king of Thailand takes part, the dress of Buddha is changed. Wat Phra Kaeo is the main royal chapel and the most sacred temple in Thailand.
Tourists will also see numerous well-crafted mythological sculptures near Wat Phra Kaeo. The temple consists of several buildings, all of which are very beautiful, that's why it is nearly impossible to decide, which one has the best decoration. All of them are embellished with colourful tiles, gold and mirrors. Visitors will be also able to see Angkor Wat. This temple was built in the period, when a large part of Thailand belonged to the Khmer. The audience hall is the location of a fabulous nacreous throne. Inner premises of Wat Phra Kaeo are decorated with amusing mural paintings, which depict various stories from Buddha's life. It's forbidden to enter the temple with bare knees or shoulders.
Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha Visitors are required to dress respectfully. Shorts and sleeveless t-shirt are not allowed.
Wat Po. Wat Po is the oldest and the largest temple in Bangkok. The church was built in the 6th century. The main building of this sacred complex is decorated with an amazing golden statue depicting a reclining Buddha. The height of the statue 46 m, and its width estimates 15 meters. Originally the statue was made of brick, and then it was covered with stucco and gold. It’s simply impossible not to notice the enormous feet of Buddha. The feet, which are decorated with mother-of-pearl, feature 108 physical embodiments of Buddha. Due to its size and look the statue of Buddha always leaves a strong impression and creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere. More than that, the territory of the temple is home to numerous truly marvellous chapels, pavilions and towers, many of which store priceless relics.
Creators of the temple have been so attentive to details that it is almost impossible to find a place in the territory of the temple, which is undecorated. Numerous stone sculptures and images of Buddha are coated with a layer of gold and amaze tourists with their shine.
Wat Po Visitors are required to dress respectfully. Shorts and sleeveless t-shirt are not allowed.
Wat Arun. If you cross The Chao Phraya River, you will find yourself in the territory of Wat Arun or, as it's often called, the Temple of Dawn. This is a traditionally built tower in a form of a finger (86m high), which is decorated with a great number of pieces of ceramics and colourful porcelain that shines brightly under the sunrays.
The temple is particularly beautiful from a distance, when it seems to be of white and silver colours. Wat Arun has become the place of burial of king Rama II. You will find a market of amulets nearby. This is the place, where hundreds of people sell different pendants, pictures and talismans. Do not forget to visit this interesting market – this is a rare place where you can find real pieces of art.
Wat Arun Visitors are required to dress respectfully. Shorts and sleeveless t-shirt are not allowed.
Asiatique - The Riverfront
The Chao Phraya River
- Nhien Hoang Hao Tran(31/03/2016)
Me and my Mom had a great day discovering Bangkok in a truly local way. Mark is probably the best tour guide we have ever had. He took well care of us for 10 hours long! Mark picked us up at our hotel at sharp 9am, greeted us with his genuine hospitality, let us know what to bring and avoid before we start, so we saved quite a lot of money and time for the remaining tour. He then took us around Bangkok in his awe-to-the-some van with the coldest AC and Karaoke, which my Mum adored. His tour guide friend at Grand Palace - Tip - gave us the best history tour ever! She explained every single detail related to history, architecture and culture. We both learnt a lot from her. Thank you Tip! The Reclining Buddha and the oldest temple of Bangkok are breathtaking and impressive. Mark revealed a lot of local tips and cultural do's and don'ts that we don't get to know elsewhere. Big thanks, Mark! The best part of our day tour was probably the food that we had. First, Mark took us to a local market, which is not too far from the Reclining Buddha temple, my Mum was very excited to try every street food (which is rare!). She definitely loved the Pomegranate Juice on the street. We had the best lunch in a nice riverside restaurant. The remaining trip took place in MBK - the mall to find unique and reasonable fashion items. Thank you for your suggestions and price deals, Mark! We absolutely loved the tour! We recommend you to book this tour and let Mark show you the best thing in Bangkok! Nhien and her Mum from Vietnam :)
- Teresita Llerena(27/10/2015)
We had a great time in Bangkok despite having to travel for over 2 hours in each direction due to the port where our cruise ship docked. Mark and Jeff made for a great team. We feel that we maximized our time in the city. We feel that we got an experience that was unique versus doing what everyone else did that day. Would definitely work with triip.me for future trips.
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