Phra Mondop (Library)
Model of Angkor Wat
The Royal Pantheon
These mesmerizing mythical creatures can also be seen in the Upper Terrace
We then proceeded to the central court of The Grand Palace where the most important residential and state buildings are located.
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat
The throne hall forms front of the facade. It is said that the building is constructed in an eclectic design due to changes from the original structure. Initially designed in Renaissance style with domes as instructed by King Rama V, but was later replaced with Thai-styled green and orange tiled roofs and golden prasats as advised by his Chief Minister.
The base of the building also houses a collection of ancient weapons and is open to the public on weekdays, but again, taking photos is prohibited.
Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat
(believe it or not, I’m in this picture :p)
Our final stop before we left the complex was the Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat. The principal function of this hall is for lying-in-state kings, queens, and honored members of the royal family. It is also used for the annual Consecration Day Ceremony.
A few minutes walk from the Grand Palace is Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is one of the oldest and largest wats in Bangkok housing thousand Buddha images, and of course, one of the largest Reclining Buddha. Entrance fee is THB50.00* per head.
Like in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, every visitor must remove their shoes before entering the temple as a sign of respect.
Buddha entering nirvana
The soles of the Buddha’s feet are inlaid in mother-of-pearl depicting 108 auspicious signs.
Touching the mother-of-pearl inlaid feet is prohibited
Aside from the Reclining Buddha, the temple complex also has a massage school and a Buddhist monastery.
From Wat Pho, we walked a couple of minutes to Tha Tien Pier (N8) and took the Chao Phraya Express Boat back to Sathorn (THB30.00).
* As of January 2012, entrance fee to Wat Pho is THB100 – from Wat Pho’s website