Constructed near the eastern edge of the Central Court, the Phra Maha Monthien was built as the main residence for the king. The site features a collection of buildings built to serve the king for various purposes, including being a place for rest and relaxation. These building have seen the winds of change pass through Bangkok.
The official coronations of kings were held at the Phaisan Thaksin hall. Many more royal events have taken place here as well. In the midst of the building installed by King Rama IV is the Phra Siam Devadhiraj, believed to be the guardian of the country.
Another fascinating structure right in front of this is the Amarin Winichai Mahaisun, where all festivities took place. Able to accommodate a large audience this building has memories of many royal functions held within its gorgeously constructed walls. Ratcharuedee Pavilion is a beautifully kept open pavilion where the kings bathed for occasions, while the Dusidaphirom Pavilion was originally used as a royal dressing area. With such history weaved around its walls, the Phra Maha Monthien is a celebration of Thailand’s rich culture and workmanship. The beauty of these structures along with the intricate carvings interest many a tourists who visit the country.
Out of the many things that Bangkok has to offer, the architecture of the old royal buildings and the age old stories that are adorned on their walls will make up a fascinating part of your visit. You are required to be decently dressed to these locations as Buddhism is highly rooted into Thailand’s culture.
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