“Phra Boromma Maha Ratcha Wang”

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Tuk-tuks lined up outside the Grand Palace
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Trimming the hedge at the Grand Palace
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Entrance to the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace was begun in 1782 when King Rama I established the Chakri Dynasty in his new capital in Bangkok. He seized power from Thonburi, where the government had decamped after the Burmese sacked the old capital at Ayuttaya in 1767. The Chakri Dynasty still rules Thailand today, though the royal family lives at another palace in Bangkok now. The Grand Palace is still used for official receptions and other state requirements. The complex contains different buildings of different styles that reflect the various periods and preferences for monarchs since 1782.

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Chakra Maha Prasat Hall
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Borom Phiman Mansion
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds

No pictures are allowed inside the structures in the Grand Palace, but the interiors are elaborate. Each building demonstrates the symbols of royal power: thrones and rich furnishings.

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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Chakra Maha Prasat Hall
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds

Check back tomorrow for details of our visit to the Emerald Buddha Complex on the Grand Palace grounds.

Title quote: Anglicized Thai for “Grand Palace” so-named during the reign of Rama IV from “Royal Palace.”

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Chakra Maha Prasat Hall
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Small tree at the Grand Palace
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Grand Palace grounds
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Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Guard at the Grand Palace
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Chakra Maha Prasat Hall
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Carving at the Grand Palace
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Pavilion on the Grand Palace grounds
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Detail of a door at the Grand Palace
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Grand Palace detail
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Temple across the street from the Grand Palace

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