After spending two weeks in Myanmar, it was time to leave. Hence I took a flight from Mandalay to Bangkok. It was quite refreshing to get back to modernity, seeing skyscrapers and highways and fast Internet. I spent a total of two nights in Bangkok, where I caught up with things, and since I already spent plenty of time sight-seeing in Myanmar, I didn't sight-see that much in Bangkok. Instead, I just ate my way due to its legendary cuisine. That being said, I still found time to check out one place, which was the Grand Palace.
This is a very popular site for visitors. There were so many people when I visited, and I tried my best to hide the people in my pictures. Anyway, as you can see above, the buildings are impressive. This is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the country's prime temple. Unlike the temples in Myanmar, there is a distinct style that is different from the Myanmar temples, namely, from a lay person's point of view, the architecture here feature more longer and taller lines, and more pointy objects. Myanmar on the other hand has more round and fat designs, but Thai temples seem to be taller and slimmer.
A visual comparison of the stupas also reveal a striking contrast between the Myanmar design and the Thai style. The Phra Si Rattana Chedi is taller and has more vertical aspects than horizontal ones. Needless to say, it is quite stunning.
There are plenty of statues in the temple complex. I am not aiming to provide a comprehensive description of them all, but instead, I am providing pictures to demonstrate the numerous things one can see here. A visit to this place is definitely a feast for the eyes, with plenty of things going on, and one needs to really think where to point the camera, as there are simply so many interesting things to see.
Adjacent to the temple complex is the Grand Palace, which was closed to the public, at least when I visited. It is an interesting building, mixing both Eastern and Western architectural influences, and in my opinion, showcases Thailand's royal heritage in quite a very good way.
So, after my visit, I definitely understand why this is the most popular place to visit in Thailand. It is just magical, and I recommend it to anyone visiting the city for the first time. This makes me want to visit Thailand properly, instead of just a short stopover.