Photographer's Note

Every tourist who depressing Bangkok should visit the Royal Palace, something unique and fascinating! It's like entering a storybook East, with hundreds of different buildings with one another, mythological characters, an explosion of form, color and ornamentation the smallest detail.
The walled complex was built in 1782 to serve as a royal residence and to house the Emerald Buddha inside the Royal Chapel known as Wat Phra Kaeo. This chapel stands on a marble terrace. Its doors and windows are marquetry nacre. It is guarded by Garuda (half bird half human figures) and stairway access Shing (Khmer style lions). Its interior is the Emerald Buddha of 65 cm jade carving dating back to the fifteenth century (the legend that in 1434 a glimmer fell into a temple of Chiang Mai revealing the presence of this image has changed from that site many times and is the most venerated of the country). The inside walls of the chapel are decorated with mural paintings of Buddhist cosmology. Outside the surrounding golden chedis, carvings of elephants and dancers.
The visit continues the complex by the Ramakien Gallery, adorned with 178 panels of wall paintings of the eighteenth century. Its gates are guarded by huge yakshas (demons).
Beyond is the Phra Si Rattana Chedi, imposing a building covered with golden tiles which houses the relic of Buddha's breastbone.
Next to it is the Phra Mondop, a kind of library that keeps the Buddhist scriptures. In Javanese Buddhas have their corners.
Then there is the Royal Pantheon that opens only one day a year (the day Chakri).
There are several scattered memorials of all the kings of Thailand.

Other buildings which previously functioned as a royal residence are closed today but can be visited by outside and there are actual custody in all of them.

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