23 September, 2008

Grand Palace, Bangkok Postcards

The two postcards show the aerial views of the Grand Palace (Thai: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang), a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. My sister bought this when she visited Bangkok last summer. I was able to visit the palace last 2006 and it was really magnificent! A must visit whenever you are in Bangkok!

The Grand Palace served as the official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. After the death of King Ananda Mahidol in the Grand Palace, King Bhumibol moved the official royal residence to Chitralada Palace.

Grand Palace Postcard 1

When Siam restored law and order after the fall of Ayutthaya the monarch lived in Thonburi on the west side of the river. Rama I, on ascending the throne, moved the centre of administration to this side of the Chao Phraya; and, after erecting public monuments such as fortifications and monasteries, built a palace to serve not only as his residence but also his offices--the various ministries, only one of which remains in the palace walls. This palace came to be known as the Grand Palace.

Grand Palace Postcard 2

The palace complex sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The other approaches to the palace are protected by a defensive wall of 1,900 metres in length, which encloses an area of 218,400 square metres. Further out from the wall is a canal, which was also created for defensive purposes, making the area surrounding the palace an island, known as Rattanakosin.

Parts of the Grand Palace are:
* The Chapel Royal of The Emerald Buddha
* The Upper Terrace
* Subsidiary Buildings
* The Galleries
* Phra Maha Monthian
* Chakri Maha Prasat Hall
* Dusit Maha Prasat Hall
* Borom Phiman Mansion
* Phra Asada Maha Chedi
* Amarin Winitchai Hall
* Wat Phra Keo Museum

2 comments:

M. A. Leal said...

Those postcards are beautiful! Great blog!

the viajero said...

thank you for visiting.. do check out other pages, have lots of more beautiful cards.. ;)