The Grand Palace

2 Sep

Yesterday, RIS took all of its new teachers on a field trip as part of our Thai cultural training required by the Ministry of Education. We visited the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and saw a show. It was a long day, but pretty awesome. I love playing tourist and taking pictures of things, especially interesting architectural things, so this was right up my alley.

The Grand Palace is a huge, sprawling compound that was built in 1782. There are tons of buildings inside the compound, including the palace itself (where the King no longer lives), a whole bunch of temples, and zillions of statues. Wat Phra Kaew is one of the temples inside the compound, and inside the wat is a jade statue of Buddha, called the Emerald Buddha. Apparently, on certain occasions, the Crown Prince comes to the wat and changes the Buddha’s ensemble so that it’s seasonally appropriate (hot, cool or rainy being the seasons). Everything is incredibly ornate, and covered in gold-leaf. It’s beautiful and huge and interesting. I took tons of photos; the ones below are some of my favorites.

After touring the Grand Palace, we went to a show called Siam Niramit. It showed the history of Thailand (Siam) through different dances and scenes. The costumes were amazing, there was dancing, there were goats and elephants, and some pretty cool staging. We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I got a few of the elephant (which I got to pet) and the dancers doing a little thing beforehand.

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4 Responses to “The Grand Palace”

  1. Laura-Ann Robb September 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Elaine McCormick September 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Awesome! I am looking forward to seeing these places on my visit; although I am not too sure I am going to have the “Pet the elephant experience”. I may need to pass on that one! Keep sharing, we love it.

  3. Renee A. Bell September 6, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Thanks for sharing the Jackson’s Take Thailand!!

  4. Corky September 22, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    It’s so fun to read about your adventures and seeing pictures. Opportunity of a lifetime for you and Orestes. What a way to begin your marriage! Thanks for sharing.
    My best to both of you.

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