The Grand Palace was the first preference on my list of places to visit in Bangkok when I was researching in my home in Kolkata. This palace has been the home to the Monarchs that ruled Thailand since its construction in 1782. The first destination naturally was the Grand Palace in Bangkok and I was excited as a little child who was opening his first Christmas present.
The Narai Hotel’s Concierge was so helpful in making arrangements for my travel to the Grand Palace with a fixed rate instead of being prone to being ripped off by the local taxi drivers. The commute was rather short and I enjoyed taking photos of the city’s buildings both modern and traditional ones. Once I saw the majestic Grand Palace loom in the distance, I was truly in disbelief, because the pictures and words that I have seen and read could not really match up to really being there and standing in front of it!
The various buildings that were built around the Grand Palace in the same compound also are very unique and totally feel unreal. The architecture and the intricacy of the Grand palace and all the newer buildings around it is on a different level and is hard to believe that all the buildings are more than hundred to two hundred years old. These royal buildings are all well preserved and well maintained by the authorities. It definitely deserves to be one of the most visited destinations in entire Thailand.
The beautiful gardens surrounding the Grand Palace are a sight to behold. The interior of the grand palace also is truly fascinating and truly unreal. The decorations and the chandeliers in its hallways are truly phenomenal and were constructed by the best craftsmen of that era. There were various murals depicting White Elephants, Hindu Gods like Indra, Vishnu and Shiva along the walls of the corridor. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the other main highlights of my trip besides the Grand Palace. It houses the auspicious Emerald Buddha and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture I’ve witnessed!