Greetings to you dear readers. Today I will talk about the most important attractions of Bangkok – Royal Palace. And then of course, can not do without some historical details.
In ancient times in Asia there were very different state than it is today, which is almost all the time waged war and thus changed the boundaries of their possessions. In Thailand for a long time there was a powerful state of Siam, the capital of Ayutthaya. Bangkok on the spot by the river has several small villages with a Chinese port connects the capital with the Gulf of Siam. However, in the middle of the XVIII century, Ayutthaya was captured by the Burmese capital and decided to move south to near the Gulf of Thailand. This happened in 1767, and in 1787 was elected the new king (Rama I) founded the Chakri dynasty that rules to this day. In the same year it was founded royal palace, about which I want to tell you.
So, the royal complex is situated on the left bank of the river in the city centre. You can get here by water bus (stop Chang), as well as by bus 508 and 503. If you like to walk and live in an area Koasan road, you can walk there, paving the map interesting route. The complex is open to the public from 08:30 to 15:30. The cost is 500 baht, but this ticket can be visited and other no less interesting architectural complex of which I will tell you later. By the way, there is a dress code – it is impossible to bare shoulders and knees, although the input can be rented missing wardrobe items.
Royal Palace – is not just a building standing alone, but a whole complex of grand buildings of various purposes spread on an area of 218,000 sq.m. and walled length of 1900 meters.
We wanted to get into the complex early to avoid the crowds of tourists. However, our hopes were dashed as soon as we left the dock. From large comfortable buses landed one after another group of Chinese tourists and the main entrance to the complex was thoroughly besieged them. So somehow we have realized that we are in China. However, see the palace and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple is not got sick. We bought the tickets and went to the entrance, where all were given free travel on the complex (by the way, the Chinese were given brochures with hieroglyphs)
First we got to the upper terrace where there are several pagodas and pretty buildings.And of course the Chinese mobs. You do not think the main thing that we have a bad opinion about them. Just Russian and Europeans of all time we met little, but people in China ..
Bypassing these beautiful buildings and plenty to take pictures (weaving between Chinese) we went to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This temple was built by the order of the first king of the Chakri Dynasty, for religious rituals. From the name it is clear that the temple is located Buddha image made of emerald, but it is not so. Buddha statue (which incidentally does not exceed one meter in length) was first discovered in 1434 in one of the stupas in Chiang Mai (northern city of Thailand) and was covered with plaster. It is this statue of Buddha was considered an original way. Later, the monk who discovered this image said that the plaster on the face of the Buddha began to fall off exposing the green stone.Monk immediately decided that this emerald and since then has gone glory of the Emerald Buddha. Nevertheless, the image is made of several blocks of jadeite. Statue constantly passed from one king to another, and eventually ended up in Laos, staying there the next 226 years. Only in 1778, King Rama I subjugated part of Laos and returned the Emerald Buddha.
Before entering the temple you must take your shoes off, leaving her on special shelves, and inside the sacred building to photograph and shoot at the camera prohibited, so you try to describe the situation in words. The temple has three open passage, on the one hand you come, you come out on the other, a third passage is closed, but you can see the Emerald Buddha outside. We go inside and find ourselves in a very high spacious room with no windows and therefore darkened. Half of the space is occupied by the high altar, where the gilded throne sits the Emerald Buddha. On either side of him are two gilded statues of the Buddha and many large gold umbrellas and some still unknown to us attributes. Walls up to the ceiling frescoes depicting the life of Buddha isolated moments, as well as some local legends. For Thai Emerald Buddha is a very revered, and because every day here come the locals pray and perform a religious rite.
Interestingly, the Emerald Buddha dressed in gilded clothing, which varies depending on the season. So from March to July comes the hot season and the Buddha clothed in the most easy and revealing clothes, from July to September (I think) during the rainy season and the Buddha is wearing clothes in a closed, well into winter Buddha dressed in a “warm” gilded outfit . A change of clothes is a special ceremony that every time held by the king himself.
Despite signs calling for silence in a sacred place of Chinese here were so many silent that they could not. We awhile porazglyadovali Buddha and murals and rushed to the exit so nothing felt.
Next we went to the crowd of tourists to inspect other royal buildings. One of the buildings at the entrance stood guards in ceremonial robes, which were caked with Chinese tourists, but I managed to capture one of them in the interim.
All these royal building a very impressive size, but in appearance very similar – white walls with red pillars and steep-pitched roof with strange decorations on the windows.