I made a travel plan for Bangkok because I did not want to commit the same mistake as I did in Kuching.
My plans for the Sunday was to see the Grand Palace and then walk north to the museum and then to Khaoshan Road. It was a relaxed plan since I didn’t want to stress myself.
My friend N told me that it would take more than 2 hours to admire the Grand Palace. Looking at the 2×4-inch map on Lonely Planet, I wasn’t too convinced.
I set off for the palace after a meal of noodles and beancurd at two of the hole-in-the-walls outside the palace gate.
When I reached the white walls, a loudspeaker spoke in a patient voice reminding tourists that there is only one ticket seller and trust no one. (It’s to prevent tourists from being cheated by swindlers.)
There was a bit more walking from the walls to the ticket selling booth. There were quite a lot of people around since it was Sunday.
The queue was short though, everyone seemed to crowded away from the ticket booth. I paid my 400 baht and got a lot of tickets.
I wasn’t even sure what most of the tickets were for.
I read that visitors need to dress modestly when visiting the Grand Palace so I brought along my own sarong cloth. I tied it haphazardly around my waist with one side higher up than the other.
When I headed in, I was stunned.
There was a small shrine dedicated to a medicine man. But the shrine was so over-the-top sparkly from the tiles that I just stared at it with my mouth open.
I’ll let you look at the pictures instead of babbling about.
Versailles of the East
I immediately thought of Versailles when I saw all the golden walls.
The castle of Louis XIV The Sun King must also be as grand as these.
The map that came along with the brochure was not that useful because I promptly forget which building I was looking at when the sparkling walls blind me.
Statues of mythical beings
There’s a Chinese phrase “镇庙之宝” which loosely translates to the treasure that holds the temple. It’s the treasure which attracts people to a certain place.
At the Grand Palace, there is a temple for the Emerald Buddha. It is housed in a gorgeous building and on high steps so no one can go near.
There’s not photo taking inside the temple. Visitors sit on the floor and are not allowed to point their feet towards the small statue.
Cool stuff in the Grand Palace
I spent about two hours in the palace grounds and I got hungry.
Next stop, the National Museum!