The Grand Palace (Bangkok) – For a Spiritual and Cultural Tour
For a Spiritual and Cultural Tour
If you are ever in Bangkok and want to go on a cultural or spiritual tour of the city as opposed to the usual shopping tour, The Grand Palace and its surroundings is one place that you absolutely must check out.
A bit about its history
Commissioned by King Rama 1 and built in 1782, the Grand Palace was then used as the official administrative seat for the government and was home to the Thai King at the time. The original building that was used for this purpose still exists and below are a few of them you would get to see on your tour.
Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Those who are staying at a service apartment in Bangkok the likes of Maitria Residence Rama 9 will find that this iconic temple is only 20 minutes away from their accommodation. Located between the walls of the Grand Place, the Wat Phra Kaeo temple is known for the two demons guarding the entrance. Inside you will come across the 66 cm dazzling emerald green Buddha statue dressed in gold robes – said to have been brought from Sri Lanka.
Prasat Phra Debidorn
This building is made from tiny green and gold mosaics a gilt spire and has pure silver floors. It serves as the palace library and inside it, you will find the canon of Buddha, several Buddhist publications, and sacred scriptures written on palm leaves.
Similar to that of the one in Cambodia, this is a replica of that Khmer-style temple and is definitely worth visiting while on your Grand Palace tour. Much smaller than the real deal, this mini replica is surrounded by colourful ornate buildings and its grey sand model offers visitors a unique contrast worth a look.