China has Forbidden City in Beijing. Cambodia has its own Grand Palace in Phnom Pehn. Laos has Haw Kham in Luang Prabang. England has Buckingham Palace in London. South Korea has Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. Japan has an Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Used to be the King’s official residence, Bangkok’s Grand Palace is a testament to country’s glorious monarch past and present. Though, the current King now lives in a separate palace, he still visits the Grand Palace for auspicious celebrations and to welcome foreign, political dignitaries. Right at the heart of the city, this #1 tourist attraction is a must for every visitor to enjoy, learn and see.
On my way to buy a ticket, I saw armed men in uniforms at the entrance. The local tourists didn’t seem to mind them but the foreign tourists did. These armed men were not your typical security guard with pistols but long guns. Coming from the third world country myself, it didn’t bother me much. However, I did stop to try taking a pic of these men who were wearing, perhaps, the world’s most body-fit/body-hugging uniform we’ve ever known. Really. But, I had no luck. Every time I positioned my camera, one of them was looking at me. So, I just gave up. I don’t want that gun to be pointed at me. LOL…
Just a reminder to the the tourist to dress properly (no, not really your Sunday’s best!)—which means that you have to cover some flesh. No short shorts and sleeveless shirts exposing generous amount of your cleavage. When you go inside the Temple of Emerald Buddha where you’ll be blown at such marvelous interior from floor to roof and the sacredness of the place, someone there would check your clothing if it’s appropriate or not. You will be told to take your footwear off and walk silently around. Or better, sit down on the floor and join the rest of the crowd in venerating their God. Photography inside the temple is not allowed. Observe the same rules when going to any other temples around Thailand.