I was up early in the morning and looked fresh; the previous day, we had a great time visiting two popular places in Bangkok and at night we went out to try some Chinese and Thai traditional dishes, which was mostly with fish. The food was sumptuous and contained a lot of herbs. Over the years, I have developed the habit of tasting international foods and cuisines that I come across. The restaurants in Bangkok offer a range of dishes for one to explore and experience.
I woke up from my thoughts when my friends walked to the balcony explaining the day’s itinerary. We had to visit the Grand Palace of Bangkok in the morning. Since the opening hours were scheduled between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm, we had to hurry up. The Grand Palace is located on the Na Phra Lan Road in the Old City and we had to hire a cab to reach the place.
Frankly speaking, the dazzling palace was a treat to the eyes that they looked marvelous in the sun. I have learned about this palace on the Internet and it said this building has long history of 150 years when it was built by Thai King in 1782. We had to buy tickets costing 500 baht per person to gain entry to the palace.
Walking through the entrance, we had a good view of the palace complex filled with magnificent buildings, including a temple called Wat Phra Kaew. Near the entrance, there is an outer court, which has many building that looked like government offices such as treasury and civil administration.
The central court comprises of many structures depicting the homes of the King and many halls, where the business affairs were held. The inner court, on the other hand, features a miniature city, where the King’s family lived. The architecture of most of the buildings is styled on the European architecture. Nevertheless, they looked spectacular; we were also intrigued by the Boromabiman Hall and Amarinda Hall, which are considered to be the home of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice respectively.
Finally, we also visited the Royal Reception Halls, which was intricately designed in those days. They are used today for many ceremonial functions. Next, we moved on to visit the Wat Phra Kaew at the corner of the palace complex.