The details of the Grand Palace in Bangkok

March 28, 2012 in Places,Thailand

“Look at this attention to detail, even where you can’t see it. Steve Jobs would be proud.”

Corner of colored glass detail at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Sure enough, my friends–an engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, if you couldn’t tell–were right: the craftsmanship was exquisite, even tucked into a corner. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is dazzling from the peaks of its golden wats to each individual piece of colored cut glass tucked into its corners. Built in 1782, the Grand Palace was the home of the Thai king, the Royal Court and administrative seat of the government for 150 years.

While the spectacular scale of the complex is impressive, I was enamored with the details: there was nothing too small or insignificant to be beautiful. From the trash can signs to the outdoor lighting, everything was swathed in gold, impeccably jeweled and impressively maintained.

Colored glass detail at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Statue and golden pyramid at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Yellow corner dragon at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Bird light fixture at at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Trash can sign at at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Even the trash can sign is gorgeous!

Wall mural at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Statue and golden pyramid at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

 Note: a dress code applies while in the Grand Palace complex. Make sure that both knees and shoulders are covered (I packed a sarong in my purse to make it easy!) or you’ll get a sharp whistle as soon as you enter and asked to wait in line for “loaner clothes.” 

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