The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
The Grand Palace is something like a small town in a city. The building of the palace was started in 1782, when Bangkok became the 4th capital of Thailand. Despite the fact, that the King doesn't live in this palace anymore and the palace is used only on special occasions, it still remains a symbolic heart of Bangkok. On the territory of the Grand Palace Wat Phra Kaeo is situated, in this Temple of the Emerald Buddha the greatest sacred object is kept. A 75-santimeter statue of Buddha is made from jade, it's about 500 years old. Three times a year during the solemn ceremony, in which the king of Thailand takes part, the dress of Buddha is changed. Wat Phra Kaeo is the main royal chapel and the most sacred temple in Thailand.
Around Wat Phra Kaeo there are well-decorated mythological sculptures. The temple consists of several buildings, which are very beautiful, that's why it's very difficult to decide, which one is decorated the best. All of them are embellished with colorful tiles, gold and mirrors. You can also see there the plan of Angkor Wat, the temple that was built in the period, when a sizable part of Thailand belonged to the Khmer. In the audience hall there is a fabulous nacreous throne. The inside wall of Wat Phra Kaeo is decorated with amusing mural paintings, which tell us about Buddha's life. It's forbidden to enter the temple with bare lap or shoulders.
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