The Grand Palace Bangkok
The highlight of any visit to Bangkok is a trip to the Grand Palace, the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the city, representing the finest flowering of Thai art and culture. Begun in 1782 by King Rama I, whose goal was to recreate the magnificence of the vanquished capital city of Ayutthaya, the Grand Palace is renowned today as a glorious resource of Thai architectural and decorative style. In this compact but comprehensive book, beautiful colour photographs, many of areas that are not normally accessible, capture the palace’s throne rooms, residential quarters and offices, as well as the impressive temple enshrining the venerated Emerald Buddha. An informative text describes the history of the palace and its incredible ornamentation. Including an account of Thai Royal ceremonies, a full list of the kings of the Chakri dynasty, notes on architectural elements, a glossary and further reading, 'The Grand Palace' is a fabulous record of one of the wonders of Bangkok.