Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a city like no other. Offering a mix of a rich oriental heritage with contemporary and chic lifestyles, the city is a bustling hub of commerce, culture and entertainment, making Bangkok one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world. Those seeking accommodation in luxury Sukhumvit hotels can make a reservation at the highly recommendable Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18.
Of the many attractions that one will come across in Bangkok, none are grander and more iconic than the Grand Palace. Built in 1782 by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, this palace played the role of the Administrative Seat of Government and the Royal Court for well over a century. The Palace compound was without a doubt one of the most important areas in the Thai Kingdom as it housed several official ministries and departments during its occupation by the King. Today the Grand Palace is vacant and only used for ceremonial purposes, and thus, is open to the public to witness its grandeur and beauty.
One of the most admired features of the Grand Palace of Bangkok, with its many gold spires and intricate designs, is its stunning architecture. Serving as a symbol of Thai craftsmanship and architectural prowess, almost any visitor to this palace is sure to stand in awe by its beauty. There are many grand courts and halls within the Grand Palace which boast the splendor of the nation’s royalty. There are several historic and cultural buildings within the compound which are of great importance to people of Thailand, such as the Wat Phra Kaew. The Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is famous as it houses a small holy Emerald Buddha statue which dates back to the 14th Century. This Emerald Buddha statue is immensely revered by the society, and plays a significant role in many Thai Regal Customs. Another building of immense beauty within the palace compound is the Chakri Mahaprasat Hall, which was an important official building and has resemblances to Italian Renaissance architecture.
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