The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Bangkok Palace and Temple

We visited three palaces of the Thai Royal Family when in Thailand in November of 2012:

The Grand Palace: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand on the Chao Phraya River.

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Bang Pa-In Ayutthaya Province. (Posts to follow…)

Bhubing Rajanives Palace Phu Phing Ratcha Niwet is a Royal Residence located in the Muang District of Chiang Mai Province. It was built in 1961 to accommodate the royal family during state visits to the north of the country. (Posts to follow….)

I’m not sure how much of the Grand Palace we saw, and how much was part of the temple of Wat Pho, in the block next to the Grand Palace. We just wandered around, trying to avoid the massive crowds (see next post) and taking in the details that are so different from those we see in North American or European architecture. This post features roof lines.

Thailand November 2012

Bangkok Palace and Temple

It did rain, briefly, while we were on the site, but it was so hot and humid that it didn’t seem to matter.

Bangkok Palace and Temple

Bangkok Palace and Temple

Bangkok Palace and Temple

I had my 50 mm f 1.4 Pentax lens on my Pentax K20D with me that day; it is the smallest and lightest lens I have, so it was a good choice.

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8 comments on “The Grand Palace, Bangkok

  1. I love all the complex patterns and textures. Nice shots!

  2. I went there on New Year’s Day, which was a mistake because most of Bangkok were there and the crowds were suffocating. On a different note, someone else with a Pentax camera ! I often feel like I’m the only one among a sea of Canons and Nikons.

  3. Jean says:

    Stunning architecture. Of course, Bangkok and Chang Mai may get more money to restore their temples than other areas in Thailand.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      These were part of palaces, not temples, and the King is revered in Thailand, so they were all very beautiful. Temples are local and vary from sublime to derelict (more of which I will eventually get to posting.

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Goodness its so intricate and beautiful!

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