Keeping in mind this was our second visit to the Grand Palace, and many pictures are already on the Southeast Asia pages I will try not to duplicate those pictures here. However, there might be some minor duplication just for continuity of these pages. If you'd like to visit the Southeast Asia pages with the pictures of the Grand Palace just click here. A second window will open allowing you to easily view them and then return to this page.

Without doubt Bangkok's Grand Palace is one of the most interesting and beautiful palaces Anne and I have ever visited. The architecture, combined with the many golden mystical figures, sculptures and shrines, is outstanding and enough to capture anyone's imagination. It's easy to close your eyes and envision that you are in the old kingdom of Siam when standing amongst the buildings of the Grand Palace.

For months before we returned I could think of nothing else but returning to the Grand Palace and concentrating on taking more pictures of the beautiful mystical figures that adorn the grounds. Their shimmering gold color is captivating and I knew I could get some good pictures given the time and weather.

Arlene holds the
group's rallying symbol,
another umbrella,
but not a Panda umbrella

Workers perfectly
shape a tree at the
entrance to the
Grand Palace

Anne leaving the lotus flower she folded on a
small shrine at the palace's entrance

One of the buildings with its ornate roof
pinnacles and adornments
As you can see in the above pictures when we arrived at the Grand Palace every other tour bus also arrived at the exact same time. The place was absolutely mobbed with the tourists, so much so that it was impossible to get any shots of the buildings without a thousand unwanted soles in the way. It was absolutely unacceptable to us. Why, I don't know, our tour was only scheduled to be at the Grand Palace a little more than an hour and then head back to the hotel for a free afternoon. Anne, John and I decided to forego the free ride back to the hotel, electing to stay at the Grand Palace in the hopes the crowds would thin out. Amazingly within a half hour of our group leaving the crowds just disappeared giving us the opportunity to spend the time and get the pictures we wanted.

Temples and statues of
Buddha are plentiful

The Reliquary in the shape
of a golden Chedi

Anne standing next to
a mystical figure

A mystical figure

Railings on a stairway


Anne resting

Repairs are necessary, too bad!

Anne by one of the large
mystical figures

An off limits stairway

The crowds near the Reliquary
when we first arrived

A small garden area in front of
one of the palace buildings

Statue in the garden
Let's go to the next page for some close-up pictures of the golden mystical figures ...
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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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