Even to sit here and take it in, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is unimaginable.
The level of attention paid to every element of aesthetic design–from the colorful glass and tile mosaics on temple columns, to the multi-tiered gilded window portages and the handpainted porcelain tiles along the low walls–it mystifies and muddles the mind. Too detailed, too much color. A complete visual immersion into sophisticated and historic riches of generations and generations of Thai monarchies.
I would like to draw some rendition of this view but immediately upon trying to figure out where to begin I realize that I am already thwarted: it is simply beyond depiction and even to take a pad and pencil out feels like a disservice to the vision of this place. What a lucky king to wander these ground at his whim…
My attempts at capturing just a smidgen of the beauty of the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha and greater Bangkok. Enjoy!
Grand Palace Details: open daily until 8-4:30. Strict dress code enforced at entrance. Don’t be misled by touts at the gate offering Hawaiian shirts and bright pantaloons for rental, the palace will provide the necessary attire. Entrance price to interior palace is 500 baht for foreigners, free for Thai; it is possible to walk inside the walls without paying a fee however you will be turned away at the entrance to inner buildings. Take your time once reaching the abbey and courtyard, sit and take it all in to get the most from your money. Feel free to sit in the temple with the famous emerald Buddha, meditate even.