Visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok was probably the highlight of my trip in Thailand. It was truly a surreal experience walking through the palace grounds in all its splendor.
One of the first things I noticed before entering the palace was the amount of people dressed in black from head to toe, waiting for their turn to enter the palace to say their final farewells to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Remember, temperatures are always in the highs along with the intense humidity – it goes to show that the people of Thailand had, and still have, immense respect for their late king.
The architecture and design of the Grand Palace was nothing like I’ve ever seen before. Although there are castles in Japan, the style of architecture is of course completely different, and I also grew up in a country where palaces and castles were pretty much non-existent (born & raised in the USA). It was like stepping inside the set of a movie – the gold of the structures shimmered and sparkled as they reflected in the blazing sunlight, and every single pillar, door, wall and rooftop was a work of art.
The chapel housing the Emerald Buddha was one of the few areas that restricted photography, but it allowed guests to pay their respects to the late king. Before entering the hall, guests were asked to take off their shoes as a form of respect, and to sprinkle holy water on their heads.
Since there was a very limited amount of time at the Grand Palace in the media tour I was participating, I decided I would make more time here during my next visit to Bangkok. I highly recommend including a visit to the Grand Palace in your itinerary when you’re planning your trip to Thailand – it is an otherworldly experience. For more information on the Grand Palace, check out this website, and for more on the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, check out this article.
I would be fascinated by the castles and architecture as well because being from NYC, you know we don’t get to experience it. Bangkok is on my list and I’m actually planning to visit in November. Definitely have to look into this post when I book it 🙂
A palace indeed! It’s so wondrous that once upon a time someone sat down and designed something so grand xx
So glad you had an amazing experience. I would definitely be checking that website for more information and can’t really wait to plan my first time to Thailand. It’s been on my bucket list and your post really inspires…the architecture is fabulous and this was such a good read.
Thank you for sharing
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It’s indeed great to see how much respect they have, to be all dressed up in black to show their respect for their king. Would love to once visit it, if I’m in Thailand. XO Charissa
It sure is ‘grand’. Look at the architecture. It’s stunning!
Some parts of Thailand can be so touristy, that’s why I love that you’re showing us things that aren’t AS touristy although this indeed is an attraction too. I love castles, palaces and whatever historical, so this would be a must see for me. Regarding King Bhumibol he was much loved by his people and respected in monarchies around the world. I know our king was close friends with him too, so he’s left a huge void in Thai people’s life. Not all kings are good, but he was one of the good guys. 🙂
Thailand have such elaborate and beautiful temples!! I hear that no matter how impoverished the locals are, they would save up some money and donate to the temple and pray in hopes of having a better life which is why everything is adorn in gold. It just seems so unreal!! Your photos looked beautiful and of course, you are wearing all black lol 😀
I have never been to Thailand but I know that this would be a must stop for me if I was ever in Bangkok. Such a gorgeous palace this is. I can only imagine the amount of respect and admiration the people have for their late king. It’s interesting to know that they are dressed all in black even in the heat and humidity. The palace looks unbelievable and so luxe and fancy. What a sight to see and all of the beautiful details. Thanks for sharing this experience with us. xoxo, Christine
Absolutely stunning experience. The pictures talks for that .
I have never gone to Thailand yet, but if I do, I will definitely visit the Grand Palace. So much history and culture .
I was in Bangkok several times, but I’ve never had a chance to visit Grand palace. Don’t know why…so thank you for this post and pictures. At least I can see it trough your eyes.
The place looks amazing, I was always surprised of how people in Thailand love their King. It deserves respect.
These sights are absolutely beautiful! Some of the architect looks like pure looks like a photo shoot heaven! You ar always doing some dope exploring. I live vicariously through the you when it comes to traveling!!
You have hit on another part of Thailand that I loved. I was just there in January. Loved Bangkok.
Wow, what a gorgeous place! Its definitely on the short list, and this makes me want to go ever more, now!
Have a wonderful Sunday lady!
Your blog post brought back so much memories! I remember visiting there when I visited Thailand. It’s a stunning area! Great pics. 🙂
I’ve never been to Thailand, but it’s beautiful to see how much respect everyone has for the king and in the space. It’s not only a beautiful place visually, but sounds like a place of peace with a lot of history to match it.
The Grand Palace definitely sounds like the place to visit in Thailand! You already know I’m always down for some beautiful architecture and the exterior of this place is to die for! I can only imagine its beauty in person!
I have always dreamed to visit Thailand and this post makes me want to go there even more and I just can’t wait. I couldn’t miss the Grand Palace in Bangkok, thanks for sharing beautiful.
Looks like such a beautiful experience babe! I am still dying to visit Bangkok. Will definitely have to make note to check out Grand Palace while I’m there 🙂 Thanks for sharing! xo, sharon
Wow… This is stunning. I have been wanting to travel to Thailand and this makes me want to even more now! Your pictures did such a great job at capturing the beauty, which I bet is a difficult feat.
Gorgeous posr! I absolutely love this photos!
Wow the Grand Palace is truly a work of art! The architecture is insane and grand indeed! I really need to visit Thailand now. These photos are gorgeous but imagine how much more stunning it would be in person. I guess you don’t need to imagine since you were there, but it’s truly a masterpiece!
Thailand have been actually on my bucket list since ever!! I heard is the country with more tourist in the world so I’m just trying to avoid it hahaha But I have a free ticket in October so maybe is time for me to visited and scratch form my list. The Palace looks absolutely beautiful and love the design and colors.
I’ve been to the Grand Palace a few times, and even tho, when I look at it now through your post, it still looks super stunning and grand! There’s something magical about this palace makes me keep wanting to go back and visit it. Great place and great photos.
The Grand Palace was the first place I went to visit last year in Thailand – It was beautiful, I’d give anything to go back again!
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The Grand Palace definitely looks like a movie set! You took the words right out of my mouth because that’s exactly the first thing that popped into my head when I first saw your photos. It’s truly nothing short of majestic. I’m sure the photos don’t even do it justice. Sounded like a wonderful experience!