Attractions and Tour Packages in Bangkok
- The Grand Palace
When Siam restored law and order after the fall of Ayutthaya the monarch lived in Thonburi on the west side of the river.The King 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 comes to be known as the Grand Palace, in which the earliest edifices contemporary with the foundation of Bangkok were the two groups of residences named the Dusit Maha Prasat and the Phra Maha Monthian.
Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram
Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the official name of Wat Phra Kaew, The royal monastery situated on the northeastern corner of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It houses the statue of Phra Phuttha Maha Rattana Patimakorn (Emerald Buddha) and is the place where significant religious ceremonies are conducted. The construction of the temple was completed in 1784 and there have been constant renovations during every reign from King Rama I to IX. The interior of the Ubonsoth and the entried compound walls are decorated with mural paintings. Apart from these, other highlights within the temple include the eight stupas, Phra Si Ratana Chedi, the model of Angor Wat, etc.
Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkalaram or Wat Pho is also regarded as the country’s first public university as when King Rama III ordered a restoration of the temple, he demanded a revision of sciences, segmented into eight categories and engraved them onto several stone inscription (later been registered the UNESCO Memory of the World since 2008) so people were free to read and learn. Thai massage was one of the eight categories. After wandering around wall paintings. Thai massage using ancient techniques to release muscle tensions.